Kristina Lerman

Leveraging position bias to improve peer recommendation

TitleLeveraging position bias to improve peer recommendation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsK. Lerman, and T. Hogg

With the advent of social media and peer production, the amount of new online content has grown dramatically. To identify interesting items in the vast stream of new content, providers must rely on peer recommendation to aggregate opinions of their many users. Due to human cognitive biases, the presentation order strongly affects how people allocate attention to the available content. Moreover, we can manipulate attention through the presentation order of items to change the way peer recommendation works. We experimentally evaluate this effect using Amazon Mechanical Turk. We find that different policies for ordering content can steer user attention so as to improve the outcomes of peer recommendation.