June 18, 2024

Sajad Ahmadian

Academic rank: Assistant professor
Education: Ph.D in Computer Engineering
Phone: 09188339565
Faculty: Faculty of Information Technology


A reliability-based recommendation method to improve trust-aware recommender systems
Type Article
Recommender systems; Collaborative filtering; Trust-aware recommender systems; Reliability measure
Researchers Parham Moradi، Sajad Ahmadian


Recommender systems (RSs) are programs that apply knowledge discovery techniques to make personalized recommendations for user’s information on the web. In online sharing communities or e-commerce sites, trust is an important mechanism to improve relationship among users. Trust-aware recommender systems are techniques to make use of trust statements and user personal data in social networks. The accuracy of ratings prediction in RSs is one of the most important problems. In this paper, a Reliability-based Trust-aware Collaborative Filtering (RTCF) method is proposed to improve the accuracy of the trust-aware recommender systems. In the proposed method first of all, the initial trust network of the active user is constructed by using combination of the similarity values and the trust statements. Then, an initial rate is predicted for an unrated item of the user. In the next step, a novel trust based reliability measure is proposed to evaluate the quality of the predicted rate. Then, a new mechanism is performed to reconstruct the trust network for those of the users with lower reliability value than a predefined threshold. Finally, the final rate of the unrated item is predicted based on the new trust network of the user. In other words, the proposed method provides a dynamic mechanism to construct trust network of the users based on the proposed reliability measure. Therefore, the proposed method leads to improve the reliability and also the accuracy of the predictions. Experimental results performed on two real-world datasets including; Epinions and Flixster, demonstrated that the proposed method achieved higher accuracy and also obtained reasonable user and rate coverage compared to several state-of-the-art recommender system methods.