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Method for improving rating quality in a rating system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000189035D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Oct-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Oct-26
Document File: 1 page(s) / 18K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for improving rating quality in a rating system. Rating is the process of assigning numeric values to resources indicating how much people like those resources. The disclosed method extends prior art to automatically detect resources that need additional rating (e.g. because the current ratings are of low quality) and to actively request these additional ratings from a set of automatically selected users.

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Method for improving rating quality in a rating system

Rating is the evaluation or assessment of something, in terms of quality (as with a critic rating a novel), quantity (as with an athlete being rated by his or her statistics), or some combination of both. I.e. rating is the process of assigning (e.g. numeric) values to resources indicating how much people like those resources. Ratings themselves are chosen from an interval of possible values whereas the one end of the interval usually refers to dislike and the other to like.

Prior art rating systems do not ensure the quality of ratings. Users are free to create wrong or misleading ratings, while the prior art system will accept these. There are no means in prior art to detect resources that are rated controversly or substandard.

The disclosed rating method and system is extended to automatically detect resources that need additional rating (e.g. because the current ratings are of low quality according) and to actively request these additional ratings from (a set of automatically selected) users.

The following advantages result:


Being actively asked by the system to create additional ratings, a user will have more motivation to do so. In consequence the disclosed system will receive additional ratings for the "in doubt" resource from selected users, typically with high expertise or reputation. This will give a broader basis for the rating of the resource and in turn wil...