Learning to recommend questions based on public interest Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper is concerned with the problem of question recommendation in the setting of Community Question Answering (CQA). Given a question as query, our goal is to rank all of the retrieved questions according to their likelihood of being good recommendations for the query. In this paper, we propose a notion of public interest, and show how public interest can boost the performance of question recommendation. In particular, to model public interest in question recommendation, we build a language model to combine relevance score to the query and popularity score regarding question popularity. Experimental results on Yahoo!Answers dataset demonstrate the performance of question recommendation can be greatly improved with considering the public interest. © 2011 ACM.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, J., Hu, X., Li, Z., Chao, W., & Hu, B.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • January 2011