JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 30(1): 106-129, doi: 10.3897/jucs.104838
Exploring content-based group recommendation for suggesting restaurants in Havana City
expand article infoYilena Pérez-Almaguer, Edianny Carballo-Cruz§, Yailé Caballero-Mota|, Raciel Yera§
‡ University of Holguín, Holguín, Cuba§ University of Ciego de Ávila, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba| University of Camagüey, Camagüey, Cuba¶ University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain
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Recommender systems (RSs) are a relevant kind of artificial intelligence-based systems focused on providing users with the information that best fit their preferences and needs in a search space overloaded of possible options. Specifically, group recommender systems (GRSs) are a special type of RS centered on recommending items that are consumed in groups and not individually, being TV program and touristic packages key examples of such items. The current work is focused on proposing a content-based group recommendation approach (CB-GRS) contextualized to the restaurant recommendation domain. In contrast to previous content-based group recommendation models, the proposal incorporates novel stages such as restaurants feature imputation, the generation of a virtual group profile, the use of feature weighting, and the automatic selection of the most appropriate aggregation approach for composing group recommendations. The proposal is evaluated in an original recommendation scenario, related to restaurant from Havana City in Cuba, where several restaurant attributes are identified for applying the proposed CB-GRS approach. The experimental protocol evaluates individually each component of the proposal, evidencing their importance as part of the whole framework. Furthermore, the comparison with previous works has been also developed. The proposed approach can be applied in other recommendation scenarios, and in addition, the developed experimental protocol is generalizable for the evaluation of further content-based individual and group recommendation approaches in the tourism domain.
content-based group recommendation, restaurant recommendation, Havana City