Postgraduate taught 

Data Science MSc

Recommender Systems (M) COMPSCI5091

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces the concepts, applications, algorithms, programming, and design of recommender systems -- software systems that recommend products or information, often based on extensive personalization. Recommender systems are widely used by many users on a day-to-day basis: while recommender systems have been pioneered by e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Netflix, they are widely used ranging in areas from marketing (e.g. personalized product recommendations with your supermarket loyalty card), education, social media, and financial services. This course discusses various techniques for making recommendations, including non-personalized, content-based, and collaborative recommendation techniques, and their evaluation.

Timetable

Two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week

Requirements of Entry

For MSci students: Data Fundamentals (H), Text as Data (H)

or

For MSc students: Introduction to Data Science and Systems (M)

Excluded Courses

Recommender Systems (H)

Co-requisites

 None

Assessment

Examination 80%, coursework 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

Recommender systems are widely deployed stochastic retrieval systems - a search system that learns what to suggest to a user based upon no explicit user input (i.e. zero query), but make suggestions using what is known about the user or the demographics that the user belongs to. With the prevalence of recommender systems, from e-commerce sites to supermarket loyalty cards, it can be seen recommendation technologies have the potential to be more ubiquitous than search technologies. This course introduces the concepts, applications, algorithms, programming, and design of recommender systems -- software systems that recommend products or information, often based on extensive personalization. This course discusses various techniques for making recommendations that are widely used in industry, including non-personalized, content-based, and collaborative recommendation techniques, and their evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Describe the techniques in making automatic recommendations and personalising them for individual users.

2. Describe different recommendation system scenarios, and models suitable for deployment therein.

3. Explain the theoretical concepts behind different recommendation models.

4. Discuss how a recommender system should be evaluated in terms of the system's performance and the user's satisfaction with the system.

5. Describe the practical engineering issues raised by the implementation of a recommender system in a real deployment.

6. Implement and evaluate a standard recommender system.

7. Discuss leading-edge developments of recommender systems through a critical analysis of a recently published recommender systems paper.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.