A Recommender system for rental properties
Guy, Nicolas Nahimana
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Locating products or services online that meet users’ needs is increasingly difficult due to the large pool of choices to consider before arriving at the desired one. A user may spend a considerable amount of time exploring numerous online resources to locate items that fit his requirements. Furthermore, users may not always express their preferences in a manner that easily matches them to items that could meet them. Searching for items online has been done mainly through database queries that return a list of the most suitable items. Recommender systems technology can be applied to ease the task of locating desired items online. This study proposes a recommender system that enables users to carry out a preference-based search on rental properties and enables them to refine those preferences using example-critiquing in case they are not satisfied with initial search results. This recommendation approach has been shown to provide more accurate search results. This research adopted the Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design (OOAD) approach to the development of the system. The system was developed as a Web application using the Ruby on Rails framework. Furthermore, the system was tested to ascertain that it performed as designed.