Evaluating the Impact of Recommender Systems to Society

Ferraioli, Valentina (2022) Evaluating the Impact of Recommender Systems to Society. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Informatica [LM-DM270]
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Nowadays, Recommender systems play a key role in managing information overload, particularly in areas such as e-commerce, music and cinema. However, despite their good-natured goal, in recent years there has been a growing awareness of their involvement in creating unwanted effects on society, such as creating biases of popularity or filter bubble. This thesis is an attempt to investigate the role of RS and its stakeholders in creating such effects. A simulation study will be performed using EcoAgent, an RL-based multi-stakeholder recommendation system, in a simulation environment that captures key user interactions, suppliers and the recommender system in order to identify possible unhealthy scenarios for stakeholders. In particular, we focus on analyzing the document catalog to see how the diversity of topics that users have access to varies during interactions. Finally, some post-processing methods will be defined on EcoAgent, one reactive and one proactive, which allows us to manipulate the agent’s behavior in order to study whether and how the topic distribution of documents is affected by content providers and by the fairness of the system.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Ferraioli, Valentina
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Corso di studio
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Parole chiave
Recommender systems,reinforcement learning,Recommender system and society
Data di discussione della Tesi
15 Dicembre 2022

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