- We are very proud to have the following paper accepted at RecSys 2022:
- Sanne Vrijenhoek, Gabriel Bénédict, Mateo Gutierrez Granada, Daan Odijk, and Maarten de Rijke. RADio – Rank-Aware Divergence Metrics to Measure Normative Diversity in News Recommendation.
In traditional recommender system literature, diversity is often seen as the opposite of similarity, and typically defined as the distance between identified topics, categories or word models. However, this interpretation is not expressive of the normative aspect of news diversity, which also accounts for a news organizations’ norms and values. We introduce RADio, a versatile metrics framework to evaluate recommendations according to these normative goals. RADio introduces a rank-aware Jensen-Shannon divergence. This combination accounts for (i) a user’s decreasing propensity to observe items further down a list and (ii) full distributional shifts as opposed to point estimates. We evaluate RADio’s ability to reflect five normative concepts in news recommendations on the Microsoft News Dataset and six (neural) recommendation algorithms, with the help of our metadata enrichment pipeline. We find that RADio provides insightful normative estimates that can potentially be used to inform news recommender system design.