A survey of collaborative filtering based social recommender systems

Xiwang Yang, Yang Guo, Yong Liu, Harald Steck

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Recommendation plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives. Recommender systems automatically suggest to a user items that might be of interest to her. Recent studies demonstrate that information from social networks can be exploited to improve accuracy of recommendations. In this paper, we present a survey of collaborative filtering (CF) based social recommender systems. We provide a brief overview over the task of recommender systems and traditional approaches that do not use social network information. We then present how social network information can be adopted by recommender systems as additional input for improved accuracy. We classify CF-based social recommender systems into two categories: matrix factorization based social recommendation approaches and neighborhood based social recommendation approaches. For each category, we survey and compare several representative algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Communications
StatePublished - Mar 15 2014


  • Collaborative filtering
  • Recommender system
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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