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A Simple Post-Processing Step to Improve the Fairness of Collaborative Recommender Systems
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A Simple Post-Processing Step to Improve the Fairness of Collaborative Recommender Systems

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Editorial Team

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In this article, I will describe an algorithm that can be applied as a post-processing step to alleviate the popularity bias inherent in collaborative filtering-based recommender systems. The content of this article is based on the work of [1]. The code to reproduce the results and figures can be found in this repository.

I assume the reader is familiar with the concept of collaborative filtering in the context of recommender systems.

Collaborative filtering-based recommender systems have a tendency to emphasize popular items i.e. items that receive many interactions from users (e.g. ratings, purchases, likes). This is problematic for the following reasons:

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