Goal-based structuring in a recommender systems

Mark van Setten*, Mettina Veenstra, Anton Nijholt, Betsy van Dijk

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    Recommender systems help people to find information that is interesting to them. However, current recommendation techniques only address the user's short-term and long-term interests, not their immediate interests. This paper describes a method to structure information (with or without using recommendations) taking into account the users' immediate interests: a goal-based structuring method. Goal-based structuring is based on the fact that people experience certain gratifications from using information, which should match with their goals. An experiment using an electronic TV guide shows that structuring information using a goal-based structure makes it easier for users to find interesting information, especially if the goals are used explicitly; this is independent of whether recommendations are used or not. It also shows that goal-based structuring has more influence on how easy it is for users to find interesting information than recommendations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)432-456
    Number of pages25
    JournalInteracting with computers
    Issue numberSuppl 2/3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2006


    • Uses and gratification theory
    • Recommender Systems
    • Personalisation
    • Goal-based structuring
    • HMI-IE: Information Engineering
    • Decision theory
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors


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