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    User Profiling Techniques: A Critical Review

    19th Annual BCS-IRSG Colloquium on IR

    Aberdeen, UK. 8th - 9th April 1997


    S. Stewart & J. Davies


    The key to effective information filtering is user profiling - the ability to represent and reason about the interests or preferences of a user.

    This paper briefly surveys techniques for filtering the vast amount of information that is now available on the Internet and other electronic sources, in a variety of media.

    The non-explicit social information filtering approach is then examined in more detail and a new algorithm proposed which compares favourably with earlier approaches.


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