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Reinforcement Learning for Slate-based Recommender Systems: A Tractable Decomposition and Practical Methodology

May 31, 2019
Eugene Ie, Vihan Jain, Jing Wang, Sanmit Narvekar, Ritesh Agarwal, Rui Wu, Heng-Tze Cheng, Morgane Lustman, Vince Gatto, Paul Covington, Jim McFadden, Tushar Chandra, Craig Boutilier

Most practical recommender systems focus on estimating immediate user engagement without considering the long-term effects of recommendations on user behavior. Reinforcement learning (RL) methods offer the potential to optimize recommendations for long-term user engagement. However, since users are often presented with slates of multiple items - which may have interacting effects on user choice - methods are required to deal with the combinatorics of the RL action space. In this work, we address the challenge of making slate-based recommendations to optimize long-term value using RL. Our contributions are three-fold. (i) We develop SLATEQ, a decomposition of value-based temporal-difference and Q-learning that renders RL tractable with slates. Under mild assumptions on user choice behavior, we show that the long-term value (LTV) of a slate can be decomposed into a tractable function of its component item-wise LTVs. (ii) We outline a methodology that leverages existing myopic learning-based recommenders to quickly develop a recommender that handles LTV. (iii) We demonstrate our methods in simulation, and validate the scalability of decomposed TD-learning using SLATEQ in live experiments on YouTube.

* Short version to appear IJCAI-2019 

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Modeling Scale-free Graphs for Knowledge-aware Recommendation

Aug 14, 2021
Yankai Chen, Menglin Yang, Yingxue Zhang, Mengchen Zhao, Ziqiao Meng, Jian Hao, Irwin King

Aiming to alleviate data sparsity and cold-start problems of traditional recommender systems, incorporating knowledge graphs (KGs) to supplement auxiliary information has recently gained considerable attention. Via unifying the KG with user-item interactions into a tripartite graph, recent works explore the graph topologies to learn the low-dimensional representations of users and items with rich semantics. However, these real-world tripartite graphs are usually scale-free, the intrinsic hierarchical graph structures of which are underemphasized in existing works, consequently, leading to suboptimal recommendation performance. To address this issue and provide more accurate recommendation, we propose a knowledge-aware recommendation method with the hyperbolic geometry, namely Lorentzian Knowledge-enhanced Graph convolutional networks for Recommendation (LKGR). LKGR facilitates better modeling of scale-free tripartite graphs after the data unification. Specifically, we employ different information propagation strategies in the hyperbolic space to explicitly encode heterogeneous information from historical interactions and KGs. Our proposed knowledge-aware attention mechanism enables the model to automatically measure the information contribution, producing the coherent information aggregation in the hyperbolic space. Extensive experiments on three real-world benchmarks demonstrate that LKGR outperforms state-of-the-art methods by 2.2-29.9% of [email protected] on Top-K recommendation.


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Reinforcement Learning based Path Exploration for Sequential Explainable Recommendation

Nov 24, 2021
Yicong Li, Hongxu Chen, Yile Li, Lin Li, Philip S. Yu, Guandong Xu

Recent advances in path-based explainable recommendation systems have attracted increasing attention thanks to the rich information provided by knowledge graphs. Most existing explainable recommendations only utilize static knowledge graphs and ignore the dynamic user-item evolutions, leading to less convincing and inaccurate explanations. Although there are some works that realize that modelling user's temporal sequential behaviour could boost the performance and explainability of the recommender systems, most of them either only focus on modelling user's sequential interactions within a path or independently and separately of the recommendation mechanism. In this paper, we propose a novel Temporal Meta-path Guided Explainable Recommendation leveraging Reinforcement Learning (TMER-RL), which utilizes reinforcement item-item path modelling between consecutive items with attention mechanisms to sequentially model dynamic user-item evolutions on dynamic knowledge graph for explainable recommendation. Compared with existing works that use heavy recurrent neural networks to model temporal information, we propose simple but effective neural networks to capture users' historical item features and path-based context to characterize the next purchased item. Extensive evaluations of TMER on two real-world datasets show state-of-the-art performance compared against recent strong baselines.

* arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:2101.01433 

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Recommendations for Item Set Completion: On the Semantics of Item Co-Occurrence With Data Sparsity, Input Size, and Input Modalities

May 10, 2021
Iacopo Vagliano, Lukas Galke, Ansgar Scherp

We address the problem of recommending relevant items to a user in order to "complete" a partial set of items already known. We consider the two scenarios of citation and subject label recommendation, which resemble different semantics of item co-occurrence: relatedness for co-citations and diversity for subject labels. We assess the influence of the completeness of an already known partial item set on the recommender performance. We also investigate data sparsity through a pruning parameter and the influence of using additional metadata. As recommender models, we focus on different autoencoders, which are particularly suited for reconstructing missing items in a set. We extend autoencoders to exploit a multi-modal input of text and structured data. Our experiments on six real-world datasets show that supplying the partial item set as input is helpful when item co-occurrence resembles relatedness, while metadata are effective when co-occurrence implies diversity. This outcome means that the semantics of item co-occurrence is an important factor. The simple item co-occurrence model is a strong baseline for citation recommendation. However, autoencoders have the advantage to enable exploiting additional metadata besides the partial item set as input and achieve comparable performance. For the subject label recommendation task, the title is the most important attribute. Adding more input modalities sometimes even harms the result. In conclusion, it is crucial to consider the semantics of the item co-occurrence for the choice of an appropriate recommendation model and carefully decide which metadata to exploit.

* arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1907.12366 

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CDRec: Cayley-Dickson Recommender

Jan 14, 2022
Anchen Li, Bo Yang, Huan Huo, Farookh Hussain

In this paper, we propose a recommendation framework named Cayley-Dickson Recommender. We introduce Cayley-Dickson construction which uses a recursive process to define hypercomplex algebras and their mathematical operations. We also design a graph convolution operator to learn representations in the hypercomplex space. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that Cayley-Dickson construction and graph convolution techniques have been used in hypercomplex recommendation. Compared with the state-of-the-art recommendation methods, our method achieves superior performance on real-world datasets.

* 1. The Preliminary Section is not sufficient. 2. Figure 2 is not clear enough. 3. The Experiment Section are not sufficient 

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Recommendations in a Multi-Domain Setting: Adapting for Customization, Scalability and Real-Time Performance

Mar 02, 2022
Emanuel Lacic, Dominik Kowald

In this industry talk at ECIR'2022, we illustrate how to build a modern recommender system that can serve recommendations in real-time for a diverse set of application domains. Specifically, we present our system architecture that utilizes popular recommendation algorithms from the literature such as Collaborative Filtering, Content-based Filtering as well as various neural embedding approaches (e.g., Doc2Vec, Autoencoders, etc.). We showcase the applicability of our system architecture using two real-world use-cases, namely providing recommendations for the domains of (i) job marketplaces, and (ii) entrepreneurial start-up founding. We strongly believe that our experiences from both research- and industry-oriented settings should be of interest for practitioners in the field of real-time multi-domain recommender systems.

* ECIR 2022 Industry Day 

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Spoiled for Choice? Personalized Recommendation for Healthcare Decisions: A Multi-Armed Bandit Approach

Sep 13, 2020
Tongxin Zhou, Yingfei Wang, Lu, Yan, Yong Tan

Online healthcare communities provide users with various healthcare interventions to promote healthy behavior and improve adherence. When faced with too many intervention choices, however, individuals may find it difficult to decide which option to take, especially when they lack the experience or knowledge to evaluate different options. The choice overload issue may negatively affect users' engagement in health management. In this study, we take a design-science perspective to propose a recommendation framework that helps users to select healthcare interventions. Taking into account that users' health behaviors can be highly dynamic and diverse, we propose a multi-armed bandit (MAB)-driven recommendation framework, which enables us to adaptively learn users' preference variations while promoting recommendation diversity in the meantime. To better adapt an MAB to the healthcare context, we synthesize two innovative model components based on prominent health theories. The first component is a deep-learning-based feature engineering procedure, which is designed to learn crucial recommendation contexts in regard to users' sequential health histories, health-management experiences, preferences, and intrinsic attributes of healthcare interventions. The second component is a diversity constraint, which structurally diversifies recommendations in different dimensions to provide users with well-rounded support. We apply our approach to an online weight management context and evaluate it rigorously through a series of experiments. Our results demonstrate that each of the design components is effective and that our recommendation design outperforms a wide range of state-of-the-art recommendation systems. Our study contributes to the research on the application of business intelligence and has implications for multiple stakeholders, including online healthcare platforms, policymakers, and users.

* 39 pages, 8 figures, 7 tables 

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Fifty Shades of Ratings: How to Benefit from a Negative Feedback in Top-N Recommendations Tasks

Jul 14, 2016
Evgeny Frolov, Ivan Oseledets

Conventional collaborative filtering techniques treat a top-n recommendations problem as a task of generating a list of the most relevant items. This formulation, however, disregards an opposite - avoiding recommendations with completely irrelevant items. Due to that bias, standard algorithms, as well as commonly used evaluation metrics, become insensitive to negative feedback. In order to resolve this problem we propose to treat user feedback as a categorical variable and model it with users and items in a ternary way. We employ a third-order tensor factorization technique and implement a higher order folding-in method to support online recommendations. The method is equally sensitive to entire spectrum of user ratings and is able to accurately predict relevant items even from a negative only feedback. Our method may partially eliminate the need for complicated rating elicitation process as it provides means for personalized recommendations from the very beginning of an interaction with a recommender system. We also propose a modification of standard metrics which helps to reveal unwanted biases and account for sensitivity to a negative feedback. Our model achieves state-of-the-art quality in standard recommendation tasks while significantly outperforming other methods in the cold-start "no-positive-feedback" scenarios.

* Accepted as a long paper at ACM RecSys 2016 conference, 8 pages, 6 figures, 2 tables 

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Content Filtering Enriched GNN Framework for News Recommendation

Oct 25, 2021
Yong Gao, Huifeng Guo, Dandan Lin, Yingxue Zhang, Ruiming Tang, Xiuqiang He

Learning accurate users and news representations is critical for news recommendation. Despite great progress, existing methods seem to have a strong bias towards content representation or just capture collaborative filtering relationship. However, these approaches may suffer from the data sparsity problem (user-news interactive behavior sparsity problem) or maybe affected more by news (or user) with high popularity. In this paper, to address such limitations, we propose content filtering enriched GNN framework for news recommendation, ConFRec in short. It is compatible with existing GNN-based approaches for news recommendation and can capture both collaborative and content filtering information simultaneously. Comprehensive experiments are conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of ConFRec over the state-of-the-art baseline models for news recommendation on real-world datasets for news recommendation.


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