Bumblebee Friendly Planting Recommendations with Citizen Science Data

Several citizen science projects engage with the public around pollinator species, typically requesting data (e.g. in the form of photorecords of different species tagged by place and date). While such projects help scientists collect data, these data are rarely fed back to the public in any meaningful manner. In this paper, we address this through a recommender system based on Matrix Factorization over a matrix of observed bumblebee–plant interactions derived from data submitted to a citizen science project BeeWatch. The system recommends pollinator-friendly plants for domestic gardens and takes into account both the fact that different bumblebee species exhibit differing preferences for flowers, and that plants flower at different times of the year. The goal is to attract a range of bumblebee species to a garden and to ensure that these species have sufficient food sources through the season.


  title={Bumblebee Friendly Planting Recommendations with Citizen Science Data},
  author={Wibowo, Agung Toto and Siddharthan, Advaith and Anderson, Helen and Robinson, Annie and Sharma, Nirwan and Bostock, Helen and Salisbury, Andrew and Comont, Richard and van der Wal, Ren{\'e}},

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