Open Access Issue
An Improved Hybrid Collaborative Filtering Algorithm Based on Tags and Time Factor
Big Data Mining and Analytics 2018, 1 (2): 128-136
Published: 12 April 2018

The Collaborative Filtering (CF) recommendation algorithm, one of the most popular algorithms in Recommendation Systems (RS), mainly includes memory-based and model-based methods. When performing rating prediction using a memory-based method, the approach used to measure the similarity between users or items can significantly influence the recommendation performance. Traditional CFs suffer from data sparsity when making recommendations based on a rating matrix, and cannot effectively capture changes in user interest. In this paper, we propose an improved hybrid collaborative filtering algorithm based on tags and a time factor (TT-HybridCF), which fully utilizes tag information that characterizes users and items. This algorithm utilizes both tag and rating information to calculate the similarity between users or items. In addition, we introduce a time weighting factor to measure user interest, which changes over time. Our experimental results show that our method alleviates the sparsity problem and demonstrates promising prediction accuracy.

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