A User Recommendation Model for Answering Questions on Brainly Platform

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Puji Winar Cahyo
Kartikadyota Kusumaningtyas
Ulfi Saidata Aesyi


Brainly is a Community Question Answer (CQA) application that allows students or parents to ask questions related to their homework. The current mechanism is that users ask questions, then other users who are in the same subject interest can see and answer it. As a reward for answering questions, Brainly gives points. The number of points varies by question. The greater of total points users have, Brainly will automatically display them in the smartest user leaderboard on the site's front page. But sometimes, some users do not have good activity in answering questions. Thus, it is possible to have an urgent question that has not been answered by anyone. This study implements Fuzzy C-Means cluster method to improve Brainly's feature regarding the speed and accuracy of answers. The idea is to create student clusters by utilizing the smartest students' leaderboard, subjects interest, and answering activities. The stages applied in this research started with Data Extraction, Preprocessing, Cluster Process, and User Recommender. The optimal number of clusters in the answerer recommendation in the Brainly platform is 2 clusters. The value of the fuzzy partition coefficient for two clusters reached 0.97 for Mathematics and 0.93 for Indonesian. Meanwhile, the results of the recommendations were influenced by answer ratings. Many numbers of the answer are not given rating because the possibility of the answers are not appropriate or user's insensitivity in giving ratings.


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P. Cahyo, K. Kusumaningtyas, and U. S. Aesyi, “A User Recommendation Model for Answering Questions on Brainly Platform”, J. INFOTEL, vol. 13, no. 1, Feb. 2021.