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GEMRank: Global Entity Embedding For Collaborative Filtering

Nov 05, 2018
Arash Khoeini, Bita Shams, Saman Haratizadeh

Recently, word embedding algorithms have been applied to map the entities of recommender systems, such as users and items, to new feature spaces using textual element-context relations among them. Unlike many other domains, this approach has not achieved a desired performance in collaborative filtering problems, probably due to unavailability of appropriate textual data. In this paper we propose a new recommendation framework, called GEMRank that can be applied when the user-item matrix is the sole available souce of information. It uses the concept of profile co-occurrence for defining relations among entities and applies a factorization method for embedding the users and items. GEMRank then feeds the extracted representations to a neural network model to predict user-item like/dislike relations which the final recommendations are made based on. We evaluated GEMRank in an extensive set of experiments against state of the art recommendation methods. The results show that GEMRank significantly outperforms the baseline algorithms in a variety of data sets with different degrees of density.

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APR: Architectural Pattern Recommender

Mar 23, 2018
Shipra Sharma, Balwinder Sodhi

This paper proposes Architectural Pattern Recommender (APR) system which helps in such architecture selection process. Main contribution of this work is in replacing the manual effort required to identify and analyse relevant architectural patterns in context of a particular set of software requirements. Key input to APR is a set of architecturally significant use cases concerning the application being developed. Central idea of APR's design is two folds: a) transform the unstructured information about software architecture design into a structured form which is suitable for recognizing textual entailment between a requirement scenario and a potential architectural pattern. b) leverage the rich experiential knowledge embedded in discussions on professional developer support forums such as Stackoverflow to check the sentiment about a design decision. APR makes use of both the above elements to identify a suitable architectural pattern and assess its suitability for a given set of requirements. Efficacy of APR has been evaluated by comparing its recommendations for "ground truth" scenarios (comprising of applications whose architecture is well known).

* Sharma, S., & Sodhi, B. (2017, April). APR: architectural pattern recommender. In Proceedings of the Symposium on Applied Computing (pp. 1225-1230). ACM 
* 6 Pages, 1 Figure. Published in SAC 2017 in Software Engineering Track 

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Meta-Learning for Resampling Recommendation Systems

Sep 17, 2018
Smolyakov Dmitry, Alexander Korotin, Pavel Erofeev, Artem Papanov, Evgeny Burnaev

One possible approach to tackle the class imbalance in classification tasks is to resample a training dataset, i.e., to drop some of its elements or to synthesize new ones. There exist several widely-used resampling methods. Recent research showed that the choice of resampling method significantly affects the quality of classification, which raises resampling selection problem. Exhaustive search for optimal resampling is time-consuming and hence it is of limited use. In this paper, we describe an alternative approach to the resampling selection. We follow the meta-learning concept to build resampling recommendation systems, i.e., algorithms recommending resampling for datasets on the basis of their properties.

* 23 pages, 3 figures 

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Group Recommendation Techniques for Feature Modeling and Configuration

Apr 13, 2021
Viet-Man Le

In large-scale feature models, feature modeling and configuration processes are highly expected to be done by a group of stakeholders. In this context, recommendation techniques can increase the efficiency of feature-model design and find optimal configurations for groups of stakeholders. Existing studies show plenty of issues concerning feature model navigation support, group members' satisfaction, and conflict resolution. This study proposes group recommendation techniques for feature modeling and configuration on the basis of addressing the mentioned issues.

* to appear in the ICSE-DS'21 Proceedings 

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The Impact of Presentation Style on Human-In-The-Loop Detection of Algorithmic Bias

May 09, 2020
Po-Ming Law, Sana Malik, Fan Du, Moumita Sinha

While decision makers have begun to employ machine learning, machine learning models may make predictions that bias against certain demographic groups. Semi-automated bias detection tools often present reports of automatically-detected biases using a recommendation list or visual cues. However, there is a lack of guidance concerning which presentation style to use in what scenarios. We conducted a small lab study with 16 participants to investigate how presentation style might affect user behaviors in reviewing bias reports. Participants used both a prototype with a recommendation list and a prototype with visual cues for bias detection. We found that participants often wanted to investigate the performance measures that were not automatically detected as biases. Yet, when using the prototype with a recommendation list, they tended to give less consideration to such measures. Grounded in the findings, we propose information load and comprehensiveness as two axes for characterizing bias detection tasks and illustrate how the two axes could be adopted to reason about when to use a recommendation list or visual cues.

* Published at Graphics Interface 2020 (GI 2020) 

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Statistical Analysis on E-Commerce Reviews, with Sentiment Classification using Bidirectional Recurrent Neural Network (RNN)

May 08, 2018
Abien Fred Agarap, Paul Grafilon

Understanding customer sentiments is of paramount importance in marketing strategies today. Not only will it give companies an insight as to how customers perceive their products and/or services, but it will also give them an idea on how to improve their offers. This paper attempts to understand the correlation of different variables in customer reviews on a women clothing e-commerce, and to classify each review whether it recommends the reviewed product or not and whether it consists of positive, negative, or neutral sentiment. To achieve these goals, we employed univariate and multivariate analyses on dataset features except for review titles and review texts, and we implemented a bidirectional recurrent neural network (RNN) with long-short term memory unit (LSTM) for recommendation and sentiment classification. Results have shown that a recommendation is a strong indicator of a positive sentiment score, and vice-versa. On the other hand, ratings in product reviews are fuzzy indicators of sentiment scores. We also found out that the bidirectional LSTM was able to reach an F1-score of 0.88 for recommendation classification, and 0.93 for sentiment classification.

* 21 pages, 29 figures, 6 tables 

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Recommendations for machine learning validation in biology

Jun 25, 2020
Ian Walsh, Dmytro Fishman, Dario Garcia-Gasulla, Tiina Titma, The ELIXIR Machine Learning focus group, Jen Harrow, Fotis E. Psomopoulos, Silvio C. E. Tosatto

Modern biology frequently relies on machine learning to provide predictions and improve decision processes. There have been recent calls for more scrutiny on machine learning performance and possible limitations. Here we present a set of community-wide recommendations aiming to help establish standards of machine learning validation in biology. Adopting a structured methods description for machine learning based on DOME (data, optimization, model, evaluation) will allow both reviewers and readers to better understand and assess the performance and limitations of a method or outcome. The recommendations are complemented by a machine learning summary table which can be easily included in the supplementary material of published papers.

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Local Optimality of User Choices and Collaborative Competitive Filtering

Feb 25, 2011
Shuang Hong Yang

While a user's preference is directly reflected in the interactive choice process between her and the recommender, this wealth of information was not fully exploited for learning recommender models. In particular, existing collaborative filtering (CF) approaches take into account only the binary events of user actions but totally disregard the contexts in which users' decisions are made. In this paper, we propose Collaborative Competitive Filtering (CCF), a framework for learning user preferences by modeling the choice process in recommender systems. CCF employs a multiplicative latent factor model to characterize the dyadic utility function. But unlike CF, CCF models the user behavior of choices by encoding a local competition effect. In this way, CCF allows us to leverage dyadic data that was previously lumped together with missing data in existing CF models. We present two formulations and an efficient large scale optimization algorithm. Experiments on three real-world recommendation data sets demonstrate that CCF significantly outperforms standard CF approaches in both offline and online evaluations.

* 27 pages, 4 figure 

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Aesthetic Features for Personalized Photo Recommendation

Aug 31, 2018
Yu Qing Zhou, Ga Wu, Scott Sanner, Putra Manggala

Many photography websites such as Flickr, 500px, Unsplash, and Adobe Behance are used by amateur and professional photography enthusiasts. Unlike content-based image search, such users of photography websites are not just looking for photos with certain content, but more generally for photos with a certain photographic "aesthetic". In this context, we explore personalized photo recommendation and propose two aesthetic feature extraction methods based on (i) color space and (ii) deep style transfer embeddings. Using a dataset from 500px, we evaluate how these features can be best leveraged by collaborative filtering methods and show that (ii) provides a significant boost in photo recommendation performance.

* In Proceedings of the Late-Breaking Results track part of the Twelfth ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 6, 2018, 2 pages 

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