Best Practices

Academic Publishing

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Academic Writing

This page provides guidelines on academic writing for Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. students in the field of recommender systems, and related disciplines. Table of Contents Structure of a paper or thesisTitleAbstractIntroductionBackgroundResearch ProblemResearch QuestionResearch Goal / Objective / Hypothesis / BenefitsResearch TasksContributionBackgroundRelated WorkOnly provide information relevant to the research problemCreate New Quantifiable (Meta) InformationBe critical (but fair)Searching...

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Collaboration & File Sharing

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Communication

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Evaluations & Reproducibility

Google AI releases ‘RecSim NG’, a “Flexible, Scalable, Differentiable Simulation of Recommender Systems” One or two years ago, Google AI released RecSim — A Configurable Simulation Platform for Recommender Systems. Now, Martin Mladenov from Google AI announced the next generation (NG) of RecSim, i.e. RecSim NG. Martin describes RecSim NG as follows. RecSim NG is...

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PDF, Note & Reference Management

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Documentation

Facebook documents its recommender system — a little bit. [Sarah Perez @ Techcrunch] Facebook has not been very open about how its recommender system works exactly. This may be about to change though. Today, Techcrunch announced that Facebook “has, for the first time, made public how its content recommendation guidelines work”. However, Techcrunch also points...

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Ethics, Bias, Trust, …

YouTube’s recommendations are still bad – says Mozilla New research published today by Mozilla backs that notion up, suggesting YouTube’s AI continues to puff up piles of “bottom-feeding”/low-grade/divisive/disinforming content — stuff that tries to grab eyeballs by triggering people’s sense of outrage, sewing division/polarization or spreading baseless/harmful disinformation — which in turn implies that YouTube’s...

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Reviewing

Advice on Reviewing for EMNLP — and ACM RecSys? [EMLP Blog] The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) has published a nice blog post on how to write conference reviews. It also points to several other related articles and blogs giving advice on writing good reviews. While maybe not all advice is...

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