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    • ISSN: 1793-8201 (Print), 2972-4511 (Online)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Comput. Theory Eng.
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    • DOI: 10.7763/IJCTE
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Prof. Mehmet Sahinoglu
Computer Science Department, Troy University, USA
I'm happy to take on the position of editor in chief of IJCTE. We encourage authors to submit papers concerning any branch of computer theory and engineering.

IJCTE 2012 Vol.5(2): 331-336 ISSN: 1793-8201
DOI: 10.7763/IJCTE.2013.V5.704

A Semantic VSM-Based Recommender System

Hadi Fanaee Tork and Mehran Yazdi

Abstract—Online forums enable users to discuss together around various topics. One of the serious problems of these environments is high volume of discussions and thus information overload problem. Unfortunately without considering the users interests, traditional Information Retrieval (IR) techniques are not able to solve the problem. Therefore, employment of a Recommender System (RS) that could suggest favorite’s topics of users according to their tastes could increases the dynamism of forum and prevent the users from duplicate posts. In addition, consideration of semantics can be useful for increasing the performance of IR based RS. Our goal is study of impact of ontology and data mining techniques on improving of content-based RS. For this purpose, at first, three type of ontologies will be constructed from the domain corpus with utilization of text mining, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Wordnet and then they will be used as an input in two kind of RS: one, fully ontology-based and one with enriching the user profile vector with ontology in vector space model (VSM) (proposed method). Afterward the results will be compared with the simple VSM based RS. Given results show that the proposed RS presents the highest performance

Index Terms—Recommender system, ontology, data mining, vector space model, wordnet, online forums.

The authors are with the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Shiraz University (e-mail:


Cite: Hadi Fanaee Tork and Mehran Yazdi, "A Semantic VSM-Based Recommender System," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 331-336, 2013.

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