John O'Donovan

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Recommender systems have proven to be an important response to the information overload problem, by providing users with more proactive and personalized information services. And collaborative filtering techniques have proven to be an vital component of many such recommender systems as they facilitate the generation of high-quality recom-mendations by(More)
This paper presents an interactive hybrid recommendation system that generates item predictions from multiple social and semantic web resources, such as Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter. The system employs hybrid techniques from traditional recommender system literature, in addition to a novel interactive interface which serves to explain the recommendation(More)
Buyers and sellers in online auctions are faced with the task of deciding who to entrust their business to based on a very limited amount of information. Current trust ratings on eBay average over 99% positive [13] and are presented as a single number on a user’s profile. This paper presents a system capable of extracting valuable negative information from(More)
We present <i>TopicNets</i>, a Web-based system for visual and interactive analysis of large sets of documents using statistical topic models. A range of visualization types and control mechanisms to support knowledge discovery are presented. These include corpus- and document-specific views, iterative topic modeling, search, and visual filtering.(More)
Users of social recommender systems may want to inspect and control how their social relationships influence the recommendations they receive, especially since recommendations of social recommenders are based on friends rather than anonymous "nearest neighbors". We performed an online user experiment (N=267) with a Facebook music recommender system that(More)
Collaborative filtering (CF) has been successfully deployed over the years to compute predictions on items based on a user's correlation with a set of peers. The black-box nature of most CF applications leave the user wondering how the system arrived at its recommendation. This note introduces <i>PeerChooser</i>, a collaborative recommender system with an(More)
We present SmallWorlds, a visual interactive graph-based interface that allows users to specify, refine and build item-preference profiles in a variety of domains. The interface facilitates expressions of taste through simple graph interactions and these preferences are used to compute personalized, fully transparent item recommendations for a target user.(More)
Twitter is a major forum for rapid dissemination of user-provided content in real time. As such, a large proportion of the information it contains is not particularly relevant to many users and in fact is perceived as unwanted 'noise' by many. There has been increased research interest in predicting whether tweets are relevant, newsworthy or credible, using(More)