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MusIcFX: An Arbiter of Group Preferences

Joseph F. McCarthy1
01 Jan 1998-

AbstractMuch of the research into intelligent environments has focused on how an environment might sense and respond to the presence and/or actions of a single individual in that environment. MtJsIcFX is a system that responds to the presence of a group of people in a shared environment by using a Group Preference Agent to select music that will best accommodate the musical preferences of that group.

Topics: Preference (55%), Social group (55%)

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BookDOI
01 Jan 2003
TL;DR: This book discusses the design for Virtual Communities and Social Navigation in Electronic Environments, and the role of space in the design of these communities and social navigation.
Abstract: Editors' Introduction: Footprints in the Snow.- I Systems and Theories.- 1 Social Translucence: Using Minimalist Visualisations of Social Activity to Support Collective Interaction.- 2 Collaborative Filtering: Supporting Social Navigation in Large, Crowded Infospaces.- 3 Screen Scenery: Learning from Architecture and People's Practices of Navigation in Electronic Environments.- 4 Navigating the Virtual Landscape: Coordinating the Shared Use of Space.- 5 Experiential Design of Shared Information Spaces.- 6 GeoNotes: A Location-based Information System for Public Spaces.- 7 Footsteps from the Garden: Arcadian Knowledge Spaces.- 8 Social Navigation of Food Recipes: Designing Kalas.- 9 Results from the Footprints Project.- 10 WebPlaces: Using Intermediaries to Add People to the Web.- II Theories and Principles.- 11 Where the Footprints Lead: Tracking Down Other Roles for Social Navigation.- 12 Social Connotations of Space in the Design for Virtual Communities and Social Navigation.- 13 Informatics, Architecture and Language.- 14 Information that Counts: A Sociological View of Social Navigation.- 15 Navigation: Within and Beyond the Metaphor in Interface Design and Evaluation.- 16 The Conceptual Structure of Information Space.- 17 Information Space Navigation: A Framework.- References.

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  • ...MusicFX is another system that supports group formation, though without using collaborative fIltering (McCarthy and Anagnost, 1998) see Figure 2....

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Book ChapterDOI
01 Jan 2011
TL;DR: This chapter aims to provide a comprehensive, yet concise, source of reference for researchers and practitioners starting out inCritiquing, and presents a deliberately non-technical overview of the critiquing research which has been covered in recent years.
Abstract: Over the past decade a significant amount of recommender systems research has demonstrated the benefits of conversational architectures that employ critique-based interfacing (e.g., Show me more like item A, but cheaper). The critiquing phenomenon has attracted great interest in line with the growing need for more sophisticated decision/recommendation support systems to assist online users who are overwhelmed by multiple product alternatives. Originally proposed as a powerful yet practical solution to the preference elicitation problem central to many conversational recommenders, critiquing has proved to be a popular topic in a variety of related areas (e.g., group recommendation, mixed-initiative recommendation, adaptive user interfacing, recommendation explanation). This chapter aims to provide a comprehensive, yet concise, source of reference for researchers and practitioners starting out in this area. Specifically, we present a deliberately non-technical overview of the critiquing research which has been covered in recent years.

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  • ...Other research in the general area of group recommendation includes the MusicFX System [23]....

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Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: GroupReM is introduced which makes movie recommendations appealing to members of a group by employing a merging strategy to explore individual group members' interests in movies and creating a profile that reflects the preferences of the group on movies, and using word-correlation factors to find movies similar in content.
Abstract: People are gregarious by nature, which explains why group activities, from colleagues sharing a meal to friends attending a book club event together, are the social norm. Online group recommenders identify items of interest, such as restaurants, movies, and books, that satisfy the collective needs of a group (rather than the interests of individual group members). With a number of new movies being released every week, online recommenders play a significant role in suggesting movies for family members or groups of friends/people to watch, either at home or at movie theaters. Making group recommendations relevant to the joint interests of a group, however, is not a trivial task due to the diversity in preferences among group members. To address this issue, we introduce GroupReM which makes movie recommendations appealing (to a certain degree) to members of a group by (i) employing a merging strategy to explore individual group members' interests in movies and create a profile that reflects the preferences of the group on movies, (ii) using word-correlation factors to find movies similar in content, and (iii) considering the popularity of movies at a movie website. Unlike existing group recommenders based on collaborative filtering (CF) which consider ratings of movies to perform the recommendation task, GroupReM primarily employs (personal) tags for capturing the contents of movies considered for recommendation and group members' interests. The design of GroupReM, which is simple and domain-independent, can easily be extended to make group recommendations on items other than movies. Empirical studies conducted using more than 3000 groups of different users in the MovieLens dataset, which are various in terms of numbers and preferences in movies, show that GroupReM is highly effective and efficient in recommending movies appealing to a group. Experimental results also verify that GroupReM outperforms popular CF-based recommenders in making group recommendations.

64 citations


Patent
19 Nov 2007
Abstract: A method (100) of electronically determining a group preference in a social network from multiple individual preferences of members of the social network is provided. One embodiment of the method (100) uses a combination of an individual's importance to a social network and a social network's importance to the individual as weighting factors when combining the individual preferences to generate a shared set of preferences. This group preference may be used to select content for broadcast to the network, including audio content and video content. A social network group preference determination apparatus (401) can determine the individual's importance to the social network by interrogating or monitoring the communication activity of portable electronic communication devices (402) belonging to the members of the social network.

57 citations


Proceedings ArticleDOI
Clemens Drews1, Florian Pestoni1
07 Jan 2002
TL;DR: This work focuses on the problem of playing music in a shared space, e.g, office, home, car - such that all listeners who are present share a positive music experience and enables collaborative selection of content and pooling of content files.
Abstract: Recent advances in compression technology, combined with lower cost of storage and bandwidth, have made digital distribution of rich content including music not only technically feasible but also popular with a broad audience. However, limited progress has been made in the way this content is enjoyed by eyed users. We focus on the problem of playing music in a shared space, e.g, office, home, car - such that all listeners who are present share a positive music experience. Our scheme enables collaborative selection of content and pooling of content files. Users can express their preferences by contributing songs to be played and through a simple voting scheme. The system builds profiles and automatically selects content for playback, maximizing the match with the group's taste. As users vote, the system learns more about their collective preferences and can adjust the playlist accordingly, thus providing an incentive mechanism.

39 citations


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  • ...There are situations in which the FX members are enjoying – or at least not complaining about – the station currently playing, and then one song is played that is strongly disliked by one or more people....

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Andy Harter1, Andy Hopper1
TL;DR: The article describes the technology of a system for locating people and equipment and the design of a distributed system service supporting access to that information, and the application interfaces made possible by or that benefit from this facility.
Abstract: Distributed systems for locating people and equipment will be at the heart of tomorrow's active offices. Computer and communications systems continue to proliferate in the office and home. Systems are varied and complex, involving wireless networks and mobile computers. However, systems are underused because the choices of control mechanisms and application interfaces are too diverse. It is therefore pertinent to consider which mechanisms might allow the user to manipulate systems in simple and ubiquitous ways, and how computers can be made more aware of the facilities in their surroundings. Knowledge of the location of people and equipment within an organization is such a mechanism. Annotating a resource database with location information allows location-based heuristics for control and interaction to be constructed. This approach is particularly attractive because location techniques can be devised that are physically unobtrusive and do not rely on explicit user action. The article describes the technology of a system for locating people and equipment, and the design of a distributed system service supporting access to that information. The application interfaces made possible by or that benefit from this facility are presented. >

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  • ...There are situations in which the FX members are enjoying – or at least not complaining about – the station currently playing, and then one song is played that is strongly disliked by one or more people....

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TL;DR: The ubiquitous computing philosophy, the PARCTAB system, user interface issues for small devices, and the experience in developing and testing a variety of mobile applications are described.
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  • ...The FX staff interface provides a corresponding control through which the staff can specify a threshold for how many members have to press their “I Hate This Song!” button before the system will respond to this adverse reaction by selecting another station in the candidate set....

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TL;DR: It is argued that complex, embedded software agent systems are best constructed with parallel, layered architectures that resemble Minskian Societies of Mind and Brooksian subsumption controllers for robots, and they demonstrate that complex behaviors can be had via the aggregates of relatively simple interacting agents.
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