Emergence of Spontaneous Order Through Neighborhood Formation in Peer-to-Peer Recommender Systems

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Executive Summary

The advent of the Semantic-Web necessitates paradigm shifts away from centralized client/server architectures towards decentralization and peer-to-peer computation, making the existence of central authorities superfluous and even impossible. At the same time, recommender systems are gaining considerable impact in e-commerce, providing people with recommendations that are personalized and tailored to their very needs. These recommender systems have traditionally been deployed with stark centralized scenarios in mind, operating in closed communities detached from their host network's outer perimeter.

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