Recommending media objects to users typically requires users to rate existing media objects so as to understand their preferences. The number of ratings required to produce good suggestions can be reduced through collaborative filtering. Collaborative filtering is more difficult when prior users have not rated the same set of media objects as the current user or each other. In this work, we describe an approach to applying prior user data in a way that does not require users to rate the same media objects and that does not require imputation (estimation) of prior user ratings of objects they have not rated. This approach is applied to the problem of finding good equalizer settings for music audio and is shown to greatly reduce the number of ratings the current user must make to find a good equalization setting.
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