Personality and Recommender Systems

Marko Tkalcic*, Li Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Personality, as defined in psychology, accounts for the individual differences in users’ preferences and behaviour. It has been found that there are significant correlations between personality and users’ characteristics that are traditionally used by recommender systems (e.g. music preferences, social media behaviour, learning styles etc.). Among the many models of personality, the Five Factor Model (FFM) appears suitable for usage in recommender systems as it can be quantitatively measured (i.e. numerical values for each of the factors, namely, openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism). The acquisition of the personality factors for an observed user can be done explicitly through questionnaires or implicitly using machine learning techniques with features extracted from social media streams or mobile phone call logs. There are, although limited, a number of available datasets to use in offline recommender systems experiment. Studies have shown that personality was successful at tackling the cold-start problem, making group recommendations, addressing cross-domain preferences and at generating diverse recommendations. However, a number of challenges still remain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecommender Systems Handbook
EditorsFrancesco Ricci, Lior Rokach, Bracha Shapira
PublisherSpringer Boston
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781489976376
ISBN (Print)9781489976369, 9781489977809
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Recommender System
  • Five Factor Model
  • Personality Parameter
  • Music Preference
  • International Personality Item Pool


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