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Recommendation of Compatible Outfits Conditioned on Style

Mar 30, 2022
Debopriyo Banerjee, Lucky Dhakad, Harsh Maheshwari, Muthusamy Chelliah, Niloy Ganguly, Arnab Bhattacharya

Recommendation in the fashion domain has seen a recent surge in research in various areas, for example, shop-the-look, context-aware outfit creation, personalizing outfit creation, etc. The majority of state of the art approaches in the domain of outfit recommendation pursue to improve compatibility among items so as to produce high quality outfits. Some recent works have realized that style is an important factor in fashion and have incorporated it in compatibility learning and outfit generation. These methods often depend on the availability of fine-grained product categories or the presence of rich item attributes (e.g., long-skirt, mini-skirt, etc.). In this work, we aim to generate outfits conditional on styles or themes as one would dress in real life, operating under the practical assumption that each item is mapped to a high level category as driven by the taxonomy of an online portal, like outdoor, formal etc and an image. We use a novel style encoder network that renders outfit styles in a smooth latent space. We present an extensive analysis of different aspects of our method and demonstrate its superiority over existing state of the art baselines through rigorous experiments.

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Causal Collaborative Filtering

Feb 03, 2021
Shuyuan Xu, Yingqiang Ge, Yunqi Li, Zuohui Fu, Xu Chen, Yongfeng Zhang

Recommender systems are important and valuable tools for many personalized services. Collaborative Filtering (CF) algorithms -- among others -- are fundamental algorithms driving the underlying mechanism of personalized recommendation. Many of the traditional CF algorithms are designed based on the fundamental idea of mining or learning correlative patterns from data for matching, including memory-based methods such as user/item-based CF as well as learning-based methods such as matrix factorization and deep learning models. However, advancing from correlative learning to causal learning is an important problem, since causal/counterfactual modeling helps us to go beyond the observational data for user modeling and personalized. In this work, we propose Causal Collaborative Filtering (CCF) -- a general framework for modeling causality in collaborative filtering and recommender systems. We first provide a unified causal view of collaborative filtering and mathematically show that many of the traditional CF algorithms are actually special cases of CCF under simplified causal graphs. We then propose a conditional intervention approach for do-calculus so that we can estimate the causal relations based on observational data. Finally, we further propose a general counterfactual constrained learning framework for estimating the user-item preferences. Experiments are conducted on two types of real-world datasets -- traditional and randomized trial data -- and results show that our framework can improve the recommendation performance of many CF algorithms.

* 14 pages, 5 figures, 3 tables 

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Machine Learning for Food Review and Recommendation

Jan 15, 2022
Tan Khang Le, Siu Cheung Hui

Food reviews and recommendations have always been important for online food service websites. However, reviewing and recommending food is not simple as it is likely to be overwhelmed by disparate contexts and meanings. In this paper, we use different deep learning approaches to address the problems of sentiment analysis, automatic review tag generation, and retrieval of food reviews. We propose to develop a web-based food review system at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) named NTU Food Hunter, which incorporates different deep learning approaches that help users with food selection. First, we implement the BERT and LSTM deep learning models into the system for sentiment analysis of food reviews. Then, we develop a Part-of-Speech (POS) algorithm to automatically identify and extract adjective-noun pairs from the review content for review tag generation based on POS tagging and dependency parsing. Finally, we also train a RankNet model for the re-ranking of the retrieval results to improve the accuracy in our Solr-based food reviews search system. The experimental results show that our proposed deep learning approaches are promising for the applications of real-world problems.

* Accepted paper to International Student Conference on Artificial Intelligence (STCAI) 2021 

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Hybrid Session-based News Recommendation using Recurrent Neural Networks

Jun 22, 2020
Gabriel de Souza P. Moreira, Dietmar Jannach, Adilson Marques da Cunha

We describe a hybrid meta-architecture -- the CHAMELEON -- for session-based news recommendation that is able to leverage a variety of information types using Recurrent Neural Networks. We evaluated our approach on two public datasets, using a temporal evaluation protocol that simulates the dynamics of a news portal in a realistic way. Our results confirm the benefits of modeling the sequence of session clicks with RNNs and leveraging side information about users and articles, resulting in significantly higher recommendation accuracy and catalog coverage than other session-based algorithms.

* From the Proceeding of the LatinX in AI Research (LXAI) at ICML 2020. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1904.10367 

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Unsupervised Domain Adaptation Meets Offline Recommender Learning

Oct 16, 2019
Yuta Saito

To construct a well-performing recommender offline, eliminating selection biases of the rating feedback is critical. A current promising solution to the challenge is the causality approach using the propensity scoring method. However, the performance of existing propensity-based algorithms can be significantly affected by the propensity estimation bias. To alleviate the problem, we formulate the missing-not-at-random recommendation as the unsupervised domain adaptation problem and drive the propensity-agnostic generalization error bound. We further propose a corresponding algorithm minimizing the bound via adversarial learning. Empirical evaluation using the Yahoo! R3 dataset demonstrates the effectiveness and the real-world applicability of the proposed approach.

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Item Recommendation with Variational Autoencoders and Heterogenous Priors

Oct 07, 2018
Giannis Karamanolakis, Kevin Raji Cherian, Ananth Ravi Narayan, Jie Yuan, Da Tang, Tony Jebara

In recent years, Variational Autoencoders (VAEs) have been shown to be highly effective in both standard collaborative filtering applications and extensions such as incorporation of implicit feedback. We extend VAEs to collaborative filtering with side information, for instance when ratings are combined with explicit text feedback from the user. Instead of using a user-agnostic standard Gaussian prior, we incorporate user-dependent priors in the latent VAE space to encode users' preferences as functions of the review text. Taking into account both the rating and the text information to represent users in this multimodal latent space is promising to improve recommendation quality. Our proposed model is shown to outperform the existing VAE models for collaborative filtering (up to 29.41% relative improvement in ranking metric) along with other baselines that incorporate both user ratings and text for item recommendation.

* Accepted for the 3rd Workshop on Deep Learning for Recommender Systems (DLRS 2018), held in conjunction with the 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2018) in Vancouver, Canada 

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Active Preference Elicitation via Adjustable Robust Optimization

Mar 04, 2020
Phebe Vayanos, Duncan McElfresh, Yingxiao Ye, John Dickerson, Eric Rice

We consider the problem faced by a recommender system which seeks to offer a user with unknown preferences an item. Before making a recommendation, the system has the opportunity to elicit the user's preferences by making queries. Each query corresponds to a pairwise comparison between items. We take the point of view of either a risk averse or regret averse recommender system which only possess set-based information on the user utility function. We investigate: a) an offline elicitation setting, where all queries are made at once, and b) an online elicitation setting, where queries are selected sequentially over time. We propose exact robust optimization formulations of these problems which integrate the elicitation and recommendation phases and study the complexity of these problems. For the offline case, where the problem takes the form of a two-stage robust optimization problem with decision-dependent information discovery, we provide an enumeration-based algorithm and also an equivalent reformulation in the form of a mixed-binary linear program which we solve via column-and-constraint generation. For the online setting, where the problem takes the form of a multi-stage robust optimization problem with decision-dependent information discovery, we propose a conservative solution approach. We evaluate the performance of our methods on both synthetic data and real data from the Homeless Management Information System. We simulate elicitation of the preferences of policy-makers in terms of characteristics of housing allocation policies to better match individuals experiencing homelessness to scarce housing resources. Our framework is shown to outperform the state-of-the-art techniques from the literature.

* 88 pages, 13 figures, submitted for publication 

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The Bayesian Low-Rank Determinantal Point Process Mixture Model

Aug 16, 2016
Mike Gartrell, Ulrich Paquet, Noam Koenigstein

Determinantal point processes (DPPs) are an elegant model for encoding probabilities over subsets, such as shopping baskets, of a ground set, such as an item catalog. They are useful for a number of machine learning tasks, including product recommendation. DPPs are parametrized by a positive semi-definite kernel matrix. Recent work has shown that using a low-rank factorization of this kernel provides remarkable scalability improvements that open the door to training on large-scale datasets and computing online recommendations, both of which are infeasible with standard DPP models that use a full-rank kernel. In this paper we present a low-rank DPP mixture model that allows us to represent the latent structure present in observed subsets as a mixture of a number of component low-rank DPPs, where each component DPP is responsible for representing a portion of the observed data. The mixture model allows us to effectively address the capacity constraints of the low-rank DPP model. We present an efficient and scalable Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) learning algorithm for our model that uses Gibbs sampling and stochastic gradient Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (SGHMC). Using an evaluation on several real-world product recommendation datasets, we show that our low-rank DPP mixture model provides substantially better predictive performance than is possible with a single low-rank or full-rank DPP, and significantly better performance than several other competing recommendation methods in many cases.

* 9 pages, 6 figures. This article draws heavily from arXiv:1602.05436 

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Virtual Relational Knowledge Graphs for Recommendation

Apr 03, 2022
Lingyun Lu, Bang Wang, Zizhuo Zhang, Shenghao Liu, Han Xu

Incorporating knowledge graph as side information has become a new trend in recommendation systems. Recent studies regard items as entities of a knowledge graph and leverage graph neural networks to assist item encoding, yet by considering each relation type individually. However, relation types are often too many and sometimes one relation type involves too few entities. We argue that it is not efficient nor effective to use every relation type for item encoding. In this paper, we propose a VRKG4Rec model (Virtual Relational Knowledge Graphs for Recommendation), which explicitly distinguish the influence of different relations for item representation learning. We first construct virtual relational graphs (VRKGs) by an unsupervised learning scheme. We also design a local weighted smoothing (LWS) mechanism for encoding nodes, which iteratively updates a node embedding only depending on the embedding of its own and its neighbors, but involve no additional training parameters. We also employ the LWS mechanism on a user-item bipartite graph for user representation learning, which utilizes encodings of items with relational knowledge to help training representations of users. Experiment results on two public datasets validate that our VRKG4Rec model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods.

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Pruning Networks with Cross-Layer Ranking & k-Reciprocal Nearest Filters

Feb 15, 2022
Mingbao Lin, Liujuan Cao, Yuxin Zhang, Ling Shao, Chia-Wen Lin, Rongrong Ji

This paper focuses on filter-level network pruning. A novel pruning method, termed CLR-RNF, is proposed. We first reveal a "long-tail" long-tail pruning problem in magnitude-based weight pruning methods, and then propose a computation-aware measurement for individual weight importance, followed by a Cross-Layer Ranking (CLR) of weights to identify and remove the bottom-ranked weights. Consequently, the per-layer sparsity makes up of the pruned network structure in our filter pruning. Then, we introduce a recommendation-based filter selection scheme where each filter recommends a group of its closest filters. To pick the preserved filters from these recommended groups, we further devise a k-Reciprocal Nearest Filter (RNF) selection scheme where the selected filters fall into the intersection of these recommended groups. Both our pruned network structure and the filter selection are non-learning processes, which thus significantly reduce the pruning complexity, and differentiate our method from existing works. We conduct image classification on CIFAR-10 and ImageNet to demonstrate the superiority of our CLR-RNF over the state-of-the-arts. For example, on CIFAR-10, CLR-RNF removes 74.1% FLOPs and 95.0% parameters from VGGNet-16 with even 0.3\% accuracy improvements. On ImageNet, it removes 70.2% FLOPs and 64.8% parameters from ResNet-50 with only 1.7% top-5 accuracy drops. Our project is at

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