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Exploring Dynamics and Semantics of User Interests for User Modeling on Twitter for Link Recommendations

Publication Type: 
Edited Conference Meeting Proceeding
Abstract: 
User modeling for individual users on the Social Web plays an important role and is a fundamental step for personalization as well as recommendations. Recent studies have proposed di erent user modeling strategies considering various dimensions such as temporal dynamics and semantics of user interests. Although previous work proposed different user modeling strategies considering the temporal dynamics of user interests, there is a lack of comparative studies on those methods and therefore the comparative performance over each other is unknown. In terms of semantics of user interests, background knowledge from DBpedia has been explored to enrich user interest pro les so as to reveal more information about users. However, it is still unclear to what extent di erent types of information from DBpedia contribute to the enrichment of user interest profiles. In this paper, we propose user modeling strategies which use Concept Frequency - Inverse Document Frequency (CF-IDF) as a weighting scheme and incorporate either or both of the dynamics and semantics of user interests. To this end, we rst provide a comparative study on di erent user modeling strategies considering the dynamics of user interests in previous literature to present their comparative performance. In addition, we investigate di erent types of information (i.e., categories, classes and connected entities via various properties) for entities from DBpedia and the combination of them for extending user interest pro les. Finally, we build our user modeling strategies incorporating either or both of the best-performing methods in each dimension. Results show that our strategies outperform two baseline strategies significantly in the context of link recommendations on Twitter.
Conference Name: 
12th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Proceedings: 
12th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.XXXX
Publication Date: 
12/09/2016
Conference Location: 
Germany
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Institution: 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
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