Infoscience

Conference paper

Offline and online evaluation of news recommender systems at swissinfo.ch

We report on the live evaluation of various news recom- mender systems conducted on the website swissinfo.ch. We demonstrate that there is a major diffierence between offine and online accuracy evaluations. In an offine setting, rec- ommending most popular stories is the best strategy, while in a live environment this strategy is the poorest. For online setting, context-tree recommender systems which profile the users in real-time improve the click-through rate by up to 35%. The visit length also increases by a factor of 2.5. Our experience holds important lessons for the evaluation of rec- ommender systems with offine data as well as for the use of the click-through rate as a performance indicator. Copyright © 2014 ACM.

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