User Modeling

Serving the diverse needs of millions of users requires the development of technology to not only understand user tastes and interests, but also consider contextual preferences of the users to serve them relevant, timely and inspirational recommendations. The user modeling research at Spotify entails translating users’ in-app activities into human traits, interaction models, emotional understanding modules, and situational contexts, thereby uncovering our users’ individuality. To do this, we use a multidisciplinary scientific approach at the intersection of music psychology, behavioral analysis, and machine learning. This enables us to build datasets and user interaction models to create engaging and personalized experiences for our users, in a data-driven fashion based on users’ interactions and feedback signals.

Latest User Modeling Publications

September 2020 | RecSys

Contextual and Sequential User Embeddings for Large-Scale Music Recommendation

Casper Hansen, Christian Hansen, Lucas Maystre, Rishabh Mehrotra, Brian Brost, Federico Tomasi, Mounia Lalmas

September 2020 | RecSys

Inferring the Causal Impact of New Track Releases on Music Recommendation Platforms through Counterfactual Predictions

Rishabh Mehrotra, Prasanta Bhattacharya, Mounia Lalmas

September 2020 | RecSys

Investigating Listeners’ Responses to Divergent Recommendations

Rishabh Mehrotra, Chirag Shah, Benjamin Carterette

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