Rating Albums and Personalized Recommendations

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We're proud to announce some new features on AllMusic.
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Rate Your Favorite Albums
We’re inviting you to tell us what you think about the albums on our site. How do you feel about Zaireeka by the Flaming Lips? Love Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music but hate Songs for Drella? Did D’Angelo’s Voodoo change your life? Now you can rate albums on the same five star rating scale as our editors do.



See How Other AllMusic Users Rated Albums
We're showing off the average user rating and the number of times users have rated an album. Find out if the AllMusic audience agrees with our editorial ratings. Sort an artist’s discography by average user rating to see what music fans think is the best album of the lot.



Get Personalized Recommendations Based on Your Likes and Dislikes
Tell us some of your favorite albums (and the albums you hate) and we’ll find other albums you may be interested in. The more albums you rate, the more precise our suggestions can become.



Check out your Recommendations here

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I'm so excited about this! I know my stuff, but I'm looking forward to (hopefully) getting some music recommendations I haven't received before or finding things I haven't already through my own research.
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Nice! Few questions though:

(1) If I unrate everything, rate other albums in a different genre and then go back to the recommendations page, the recommendations haven't changed. How long does it take for ratings to take effect?

(2) What is the exact effect of clicking the red button on the recommendations page? Does the system remember, and never recommend this album again? Does clicking the button influence the recommendations?

(3) You say all recommendations are based on your editors' input, but that is of course only true to a certain extent. Are they based on the similar albums on display on rated album's album pages? Have these been added by hand, or are they based on the genre/style/mood/themes tags editors do add?

And some suggestions:

It would be great if...

(1) editor ratings would be displayed on the recommendation page, and recommendations could be filtered by editor rating.

(2) we could access an explanation of why a certain album is recommended, comparable to what Pandora does.

(3) it would be possible to generate recommendations based on a subset of your rated albums.

Thanks!
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Awesome questions and suggestions Tim.
Here goes!

Answers to Questions:

1. The recommendations are pretty dynamic, so you should be constantly seeing changes in what we're recommending to you. Removing your album ratings via your user profile and then rating new albums (especially giving them high ratings) should push your recommendations in this new direction.

2. This indicates that you would like to “block” this album, which pretty much means “Not Interested.”

Clicking this means that the album will be removed from your recommendations but the action will not influence your recommendations one way or the other.

3. The recommendations are pulled together via a number of different metrics. Specific connections our editors make between one album and another, between one artist and another, comparing the Genres, Styles, Moods and Themes of the albums and artists, editorial ratings and a number of other factors.

We use much of the same logic and connections to derive Similar Albums so they will be closely related.

Responses to Suggestions:

1. Good idea, we'll look into it. I think more ways to filter the recommendations would be awesome.

2. Makes sense and has been a long-term goal of ours. We also like the way Amazon explains recommendations as well, so possibly a combination of the two methods.

3. We've got something a bit similar to this on our sister site AllMovie: http://www.allmovie.com/movies/action... where you can pull a couple of movies together and get suggestions for other films that match your choices. This would be a nice feature for albums too.

Thanks for your interest!
Zac
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Thanks for the elaborate reply, and for forwarding my suggestions. So, I conclude that to really block an album, one should give it a low rating, rather than clicking 'Not interested', which makes the image faint, but doesn't really do anything else. Maybe clicking the button could be coded as the lowest possible rating in the future, that would make it a lot more useful.

As for the first question, this really doesn't seem to be the case. To test the recommendations, I started by coding the Miguel album 'Kaleidoscope dreams' and then rated the recommendations I liked. Afterwards, I removed all rated albums, and replaced them with a range of electronic albums. However, the recommendations page still recommends nothing but Toni Braxton, Keyshia Coles and the like, although I removed all ratings for R&B albums almost 24 hours ago. I guess that should be considered a bug, then.

Thanks again!

Tim.
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Hi Tim,
If you don't like an album, rate it low. This will certainly make it so that the album won't be recommended to you, but also give us information to not show you similar or related albums. The "Block" function just says "I don't really know about this album, but I'm not interested in it. Tuck it away so I don't need to see it since I don't have an opinion about it."

Thanks for the research on the second part. We must be keeping a record of your previous ratings in our Taste Profile database. While this is a bit of an edge case, we can take a look at it.
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First off, thanks for implementing this feature! I've been using allmusic for years, have bought a few AMG books, and only ever wished it would have a 'imdb-like feature' as the icing on the cake, to supplement the editor ratings and to have a personal file.

Apart from the great prior suggestions I would like to add one minor one;
It would be great if it was possible to rate albums on the biography-discography page, instead of having to browse the entire discography, album by album, especially since now when we all still have to rate almost everything. The main advantage of this idea is making it possible to see your own score on the biography-discography (overview) page of the bands.

It could be as simple as having a third set of stars next to the editors' rating and the user ratings. Another, probably better option would perhaps be to make it possible to 'slide' over the user ratings, so you can add your own score there.
When moving your mouse over the user ratings, your own rating will appear. When you move the mouse away, it will show the basic view of overall user ratings again.

Apart from that, I was wondering whether there perhaps are any plans to make a user-rated top 500 of artists/bands? It would also be great to see a list of the most-rated albums so far, although this probably will only be of interest to the music freaks. We've been hopping Beatles, Pink Floyd, Velvet & Nico ever since the beginning to try and find the most popular album of all AMG, but again, this probably only is a dream to the bigger music freak haha.

Many thanks for investing in a project like this,

Rob
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Are there any plans to allow import of ratings from iTunes, etc.? I could get a lot of use out of this, but re-rating over 1000 albums would be a lot of work.
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Hi,
This is only the first phase of user ratings and recommendations. As folks like you continue to use it, we'll be thinking about how to further enhance these features.
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This is awesome.
I am visiting AMG regularly for some years now, I regard AMG New Releases and reviews highly. Also, I work as a data analyst and I am interested in data mining. So for me this is soooo great news for many reasons!

K.

By the way, aren't you looking for statisticians or analysts to support the development of this awesome feature? :)
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Some ideas:

1) How about once we click on an album to check it out, the 'Not Interested' option is there along with the star ratings

2) In order to speed the building of the system AI, how about being able to go to an artist's discography, and rate each album on the discography page, instead of having to click through to each album separately the album to rate it?

3) How about a 'maybe later' option? The user can never be sure how the system is going to use a 'not interested' rating for future recommendations. What's the difference between 'not interested' and 1 star or 1/2 star?

4) There should be a 'block artist' feature, for when users are certain they're not interested in exploring a particular artist.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Fine tuning for 'Recommendations'.
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Thanks for the ratings and recommendations feature. This is a very welcome addition. Just one question and suggestion for now:

1) If I mark an album as "Not Interested" and then give it a rating later on, will it still be used for recommendations? I also don't see any place to undo the albums checked as "Not Interested".

2) How about a "Wish List" option? When filtering through recommendations, I would like to be able to work through the list and mark some as "Not Interested" and others as "Move to Wish List". That way I can keep the recommendations list uncluttered as I compile a list of Wants.

Thanks!
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Sure thing:
1. If you mark an album as "Not Interested" and then later rate that album, the album rating will factor into your recommendations. The "Not Interested" function on the recommendations page just removes the album from view but does not factor into your ratings profile.

2. Sounds good and this is something we hope to implement in the near future.
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Excellent. Thanks for the reply.
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Thanks Zac for the reply.

Given this, I think a more detailed 'how it works' section would be valuable. I was unaware that when I was clicking on 'Not Interested' on the KISS album, I was just hiding it temporarily, as opposed to telling the system that I am not interested in that album. A little sprucing would be great!

And I second EvilGnome's 2nd suggestion.

As it stands, people eventually have to navigate between rating more and more albums to fine tune the system's artificial intelligence, and then actually listening to the recommended albums. Speaking for myself, I found it easier for the first few hundred to skip albums I wasn't familiar with, even if the system thought it was simply making a recommendation by albums I'd already rated. I'd just browse until I found one in my discography or with which I was otherwise familiar.

Genre filters would be nice, if that hasn't been mentioned already.
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Well, you are correct in that saying "Not Interested" does not impact your recommendations either way. Giving an album a low recommendation is the best way to indicate that the album is something you wouldn't like to be recommended because you are familiar with it and already know that it is not to your taste.

Rating something highly indicates to us that you do like that album and would be interested in hearing more albums like this.

Clicking "Not Interested" just makes it so that the specific album is not offered to you as a recommendation (because you are not interested in it for whatever reason).

Hope this helps.
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Greattttttt !!! i ́m so happy now!
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Does the recommendation system take all ratings into account? It seems to only be utilizing the ratings I use inside the recommendation page. Many of the recommendations are redundant and seem to be basing things mostly on my first 20 ratings.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
how can i get rid of my current "recommended for you" albums and start over with new picks?.


all the album picks in the "recommended for you" section are of no interest to me. I would like to put in new artists and start it from scratch. I just can't figure out how to do it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
More reactive album recommendations.


I really like the site and general and I mostly use it to get recommendations based on previous albums I've listened to and I hear a lot of great music this way. The only problem I have with that is sometimes the results don't seem to match my past ratings as well as they should. For example, I rated an album pretty low (about 2 stars) and the next recommendation I got on the top of my list was an album by the same artist. I'd just like to see better recommendations that change more based on how you actually rated the artist and not just who you rated. Thanks.