Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
April 2, 2017             Vol. 18, No. 7

In this issue

1) What is a recommender system?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is a recommender system?

by Daniel J. Power

A recommender system is a software tool that provides suggestions to a person for a defined domain or task. The recommendations may be personalized or more general. Such systems have also been called suggestion models (Alter, 1980) or recommendation systems. Recommender systems implemented using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are a subcategory of Knowledge-driven DSS (Power, 2007). Also, a recommender system may be considered a specialized type of Information Retrieval (IR) system. Recommender systems may be implemented using a machine learning technology like a neural network. Finally, some recommender systems are a type of information filtering system that seek to predict the 'rating' or 'preference' that a specific user would give to an item or object.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

03/31/2017 Innovaccer launches Datashop Insights to help healthcare leaders move from Excel to intuitive dashboards. Check release.

03/30/2017 Nielsen makes science-based decision making more accessible with launch of Everyday Analytics. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. 12th Annual Conference of the Midwest United States Association for Information Systems, Springfield, IL May 18-19, 2017. Check here.

2. EWG-DSS 2017 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2017), May 29-31, 2017, Namur, Belgium. Check here.


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