These slides are from a tutorial at the 5th ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2011).
Recommender systems aim to provide users with products or content that satisfy the users' stated or inferred needs. The primary evaluation measures for recommender systems emphasize either the perceived relevance of the recommendations or the actions associated with those recommendations (e.g., purchases or clicks). Unfortunately, this transactional emphasis neglects how users interact with recommendations in the context of information seeking tasks. The effectiveness of this interaction determines the user's experience beyond a single transaction. This tutorial explores the role of recommendations as part of a conversation between the user and an information seeking system. The tutorial does not require any special background in interfaces or usability, and will focus on practical techniques to make recommender systems most effective for users.