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User preference and embedding learning with implicit feedback for recommender systems - 2021

User Preference And Embedding Learning With Implicit Feedback For Recommender Systems

Research Area:  Machine Learning


In this paper, we propose a novel ranking framework for collaborative filtering with the overall aim of learning user preferences over items by minimizing a pairwise ranking loss. We show the minimization problem involves dependent random variables and provide a theoretical analysis by proving the consistency of the empirical risk minimization in the worst case where all users choose a minimal number of positive and negative items. We further derive a Neural-Network model that jointly learns a new representation of users and items in an embedded space as well as the preference relation of users over the pairs of items. The learning objective is based on three scenarios of ranking losses that control the ability of the model to maintain the ordering over the items induced from the users preferences, as well as, the capacity of the dot-product defined in the learned embedded space to produce the ordering. The proposed model is by nature suitable for implicit feedback and involves the estimation of only very few parameters. Through extensive experiments on several real-world benchmarks on implicit data, we show the interest of learning the preference and the embedding simultaneously when compared to learning those separately. We also demonstrate that our approach is very competitive with the best state-of-the-art collaborative filtering techniques proposed for implicit feedback.


Author(s) Name:  Sumit Sidana, Mikhail Trofimov, Oleh Horodnytskyi, Charlotte Laclau, Yury Maximov & Massih-Reza Amini

Journal name:  Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery

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Publisher name:  Springer

DOI:  10.1007/s10618-020-00730-8

Volume Information:  volume 35, pages 568–592 (2021)