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easyrec Reseach Project in Its Final Stage

Flimmit is a video on demand platform providing self licensed movies for downloading and streaming. It also serves as a movie guide and crawls web providers for availability of movies on a daily basis showing them to the users.

Flimmit is using easyrec as recommendation engine on their platform. The scope of this project was to develop solutions for the special needs of a VoD platform with respect to recommender engines. This is:

  • Up-to-date recommendations: how can just published movies, not having any user interactions yet, be pushed in the recommendations?
  • Real-time recommendations: user interactions should affect immediately the calculations of the recommendations;
  • Quality assurance: a feedback mechanism capable of evaluating different configurations of the recommender engine;
  • Content-based recommendations: recommendations should not only be based on user interactions but also include meta information about the items (movies).

An approach to content-based recommendations has already been implemented in the current 0.98 release of easyrec and is now being evaluated by by our partner Flimmit.

Funding agency: FFG - Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

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