Helia Hashemi, Aasish Pappu, Mi Tian, Praveen Ravichandran, Mounia Lalmas, Ben Carterette
Recommending Podcasts for Cold-Start Users Based on Music Listening and Taste
Recommender systems are increasingly used to predict and serve content that aligns with user taste, yet the task of matching new users with relevant content remains a challenge. We consider podcasting to be an emerging medium with rapid growth in adoption, and discuss challenges that arise when applying traditional recommendation approaches to address the cold-start problem. Using music consumption behavior, we examine two main techniques in inferring Spotify users preferences over more than 200k podcasts. Our results show significant improvements in consumption of up to 50% for both offline and online experiments. We provide extensive analysis on model performance and examine the degree to which music data as an input source introduces bias in recommendations.
Sravana Reddy, Mariya Lazarova, Yongze Yu, Rosie Jones
Ben Carterette, Rosie Jones, Gareth Jones, Maria Eskevich, Sravana Reddy, Ann Clifton, Yongze Yu, Jussi Karlgren and Ian Soboroff