A Taxonomy for Generating Explanations in Recommender Systems

  • Gerhard Friedrich Alpen-Adria University
  • Markus Zanker Alpen-Adria University


In recommender systems, explanations serve as an additional type of information that can help users to better understand the system's output and promote objectives such as trust, confidence in decision making or utility. This article proposes a taxonomy to categorize and review the research in the area of explanations. It provides a unified view on the different recommendation paradigms, allowing similarities and differences to be clearly identified. Finally, the authors present their view on open research issues and opportunities for future work on this topic.
How to Cite
Friedrich, G., & Zanker, M. (2011). A Taxonomy for Generating Explanations in Recommender Systems. AI Magazine, 32(3), 90-98. https://doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v32i3.2365