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A Fuzzy-Based Recommender System for Political Community-Building


  • Provides an introduction of the fuzzy-based recommender system architecture

  • Includes a chapter that presents the "Smart Participation" project, a maturity model for e Participation

  • Provides a special chapter that presents an e Participation evaluation framework


Part of the Fuzzy Management Methods book series (FMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Motivation and Objectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 3-9
  3. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 13-20
    3. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 21-32
    4. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 33-43
  4. Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 47-81
    3. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 83-91
  5. Evaluation Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 95-110
  6. Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 113-124
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Luis Fernando Terán Tamayo
      Pages 127-133
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-161

About this book


In this book a fuzzy-based recommender system architecture for stimulating political participation and collaboration is proposed. It showcases the "Smart Participation" project, which uses the database of "smart vote", a well-known voting advice application (VAA) for local, cantonal and national elections in Switzerland. Additionally, an evaluation framework for e Participation is presented, which allows to analyze different projects and their development towards the enhancement of citizen's participation and empowerment. The book demonstrates the potential for building political communities and the stimulation of civic participation.


Community building Fuzzy classification Recommender system Voting advice applications eParticipation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Information Systems Research GroupUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

About the authors

Luis Terán is currently working as assistant doctor at the Information Systems Research Group, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Fribourg (Information Systems Research Group). In 2009, he finished a M.Sc. in Communication Systems from the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2004, he received a B.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications from Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador. His research interests include eGovernment, eParticipation, eCollaboration, eDemocracy, eElection, eVoting, eCommunities, ePassports, recommender systems and fuzzy classification. He is currently a board member for the IEEE e-Government Special Technical Community, the program chair and main organizer for the International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment (ICEDEG) and an instructor in the International Seminar on eDemocracy and eGovernment (ISEDEG).

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