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Propagation-aware Social Recommendation by Transfer Learning

Jul 10, 2021
Haodong Chang, Yabo Chu

Social-aware recommendation approaches have been recognized as an effective way to solve the data sparsity issue of traditional recommender systems. The assumption behind is that the knowledge in social user-user connections can be shared and transferred to the domain of user-item interactions, whereby to help learn user preferences. However, most existing approaches merely adopt the first-order connections among users during transfer learning, ignoring those connections in higher orders. We argue that better recommendation performance can also benefit from high-order social relations. In this paper, we propose a novel Propagation-aware Transfer Learning Network (PTLN) based on the propagation of social relations. We aim to better mine the sharing knowledge hidden in social networks and thus further improve recommendation performance. Specifically, we explore social influence in two aspects: (a) higher-order friends have been taken into consideration by order bias; (b) different friends in the same order will have distinct importance for recommendation by an attention mechanism. Besides, we design a novel regularization to bridge the gap between social relations and user-item interactions. We conduct extensive experiments on two real-world datasets and beat other counterparts in terms of ranking accuracy, especially for the cold-start users with few historical interactions.


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A Sequence-Oblivious Generation Method for Context-Aware Hashtag Recommendation

Dec 05, 2020
Junmo Kang, Jeonghwan Kim, Suwon Shin, Sung-Hyon Myaeng

Like search, a recommendation task accepts an input query or cue and provides desirable items, often based on a ranking function. Such a ranking approach rarely considers explicit dependency among the recommended items. In this work, we propose a generative approach to tag recommendation, where semantic tags are selected one at a time conditioned on the previously generated tags to model inter-dependency among the generated tags. We apply this tag recommendation approach to an Instagram data set where an array of context feature types (image, location, time, and text) are available for posts. To exploit the inter-dependency among the distinct types of features, we adopt a simple yet effective architecture using self-attention, making deep interactions possible. Empirical results show that our method is significantly superior to not only the usual ranking schemes but also autoregressive models for tag recommendation. They indicate that it is critical to fuse mutually supporting features at an early stage to induce extensive and comprehensive view on inter-context interaction in generating tags in a recurrent feedback loop.


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Effective Exposure Amortizing for Fair Top-k Recommendation

Apr 06, 2022
Tao Yang, Zhichao Xu, Qingyao Ai

Result ranking often affects customer satisfaction as well as the amount of exposure each product receives in recommendation systems (RecSys). Myopically maximizing customer satisfaction by ranking products only according to relevance will lead to unfair distribution of exposure for products, followed by unfair opportunities and economic gains for product producers. This unfairness will force producers to leave the system, and discourage new producers from coming in. Eventually, fewer purchase options would be left for customers and the overall transaction rates on e-commerce platforms would decrease. Thus, how to maintain a balance between ranking relevance and fairness is important to both producers and customers. In this paper, we focus on the task of exposure fairness in offline recommendation settings. We demonstrate that existing methods for amortized fairness optimization are suboptimal for offline recommendation because they fail to utilize the prior knowledge of customers. We further propose a novel fair recommendation algorithm to reach a better balance between exposure fairness and recommendation performance. Extensive experiments on three real-world datasets demonstrate that our method significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art fair ranking algorithm in terms of fairness-performance trade off from both individual level and group level.

* 10 pages, 3 figures 

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Page-level Optimization of e-Commerce Item Recommendations

Aug 12, 2021
Chieh Lo, Hongliang Yu, Xin Yin, Krutika Shetty, Changchen He, Kathy Hu, Justin Platz, Adam Ilardi, Sriganesh Madhvanath

The item details page (IDP) is a web page on an e-commerce website that provides information on a specific product or item listing. Just below the details of the item on this page, the buyer can usually find recommendations for other relevant items. These are typically in the form of a series of modules or carousels, with each module containing a set of recommended items. The selection and ordering of these item recommendation modules are intended to increase discover-ability of relevant items and encourage greater user engagement, while simultaneously showcasing diversity of inventory and satisfying other business objectives. Item recommendation modules on the IDP are often curated and statically configured for all customers, ignoring opportunities for personalization. In this paper, we present a scalable end-to-end production system to optimize the personalized selection and ordering of item recommendation modules on the IDP in real-time by utilizing deep neural networks. Through extensive offline experimentation and online A/B testing, we show that our proposed system achieves significantly higher click-through and conversion rates compared to other existing methods. In our online A/B test, our framework improved click-through rate by 2.48% and purchase-through rate by 7.34% over a static configuration.

* Accepted by RecSys 2021 

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DDTCDR: Deep Dual Transfer Cross Domain Recommendation

Oct 11, 2019
Pan Li, Alexander Tuzhilin

Cross domain recommender systems have been increasingly valuable for helping consumers identify the most satisfying items from different categories. However, previously proposed cross-domain models did not take into account bidirectional latent relations between users and items. In addition, they do not explicitly model information of user and item features, while utilizing only user ratings information for recommendations. To address these concerns, in this paper we propose a novel approach to cross-domain recommendations based on the mechanism of dual learning that transfers information between two related domains in an iterative manner until the learning process stabilizes. We develop a novel latent orthogonal mapping to extract user preferences over multiple domains while preserving relations between users across different latent spaces. Combining with autoencoder approach to extract the latent essence of feature information, we propose Deep Dual Transfer Cross Domain Recommendation (DDTCDR) model to provide recommendations in respective domains. We test the proposed method on a large dataset containing three domains of movies, book and music items and demonstrate that it consistently and significantly outperforms several state-of-the-art baselines and also classical transfer learning approaches.

* Accepted to WSDM 2020 

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Finetuning Large-Scale Pre-trained Language Models for Conversational Recommendation with Knowledge Graph

Oct 14, 2021
Lingzhi Wang, Huang Hu, Lei Sha, Can Xu, Kam-Fai Wong, Daxin Jiang

In this paper, we present a pre-trained language model (PLM) based framework called RID for conversational recommender system (CRS). RID finetunes the large-scale PLMs such as DialoGPT, together with a pre-trained Relational Graph Convolutional Network (RGCN) to encode the node representations of an item-oriented knowledge graph. The former aims to generate fluent and diverse dialogue responses based on the strong language generation ability of PLMs, while the latter is to facilitate the item recommendation by learning better node embeddings on the structural knowledge base. To unify two modules of dialogue generation and item recommendation into a PLMs-based framework, we expand the generation vocabulary of PLMs to include an extra item vocabulary, and introduces a vocabulary pointer to control when to recommend target items in the generation process. Extensive experiments on the benchmark dataset ReDial show RID significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on both evaluations of dialogue and recommendation.


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Recommending POIs for Tourists by User Behavior Modeling and Pseudo-Rating

Oct 14, 2021
Kun Yi, Ryu Yamagishi, Taishan Li, Zhengyang Bai, Qiang Ma

POI recommendation is a key task in tourism information systems. However, in contrast to conventional point of interest (POI) recommender systems, the available data is extremely sparse; most tourist visit a few sightseeing spots once and most of these spots have no check-in data from new tourists. Most conventional systems rank sightseeing spots based on their popularity, reputations, and category-based similarities with users' preferences. They do not clarify what users can experience in these spots, which makes it difficult to meet diverse tourism needs. To this end, in this work, we propose a mechanism to recommend POIs to tourists. Our mechanism include two components: one is a probabilistic model that reveals the user behaviors in tourism; the other is a pseudo rating mechanism to handle the cold-start issue in POIs recommendations. We carried out extensive experiments with two datasets collected from Flickr. The experimental results demonstrate that our methods are superior to the state-of-the-art methods in both the recommendation performances (precision, recall and F-measure) and fairness. The experimental results also validate the robustness of the proposed methods, i.e., our methods can handle well the issue of data sparsity.

* 16 pages, 10 figures 

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Explainable Recommendations via Attentive Multi-Persona Collaborative Filtering

Sep 26, 2020
Oren Barkan, Yonatan Fuchs, Avi Caciularu, Noam Koenigstein

Two main challenges in recommender systems are modeling users with heterogeneous taste, and providing explainable recommendations. In this paper, we propose the neural Attentive Multi-Persona Collaborative Filtering (AMP-CF) model as a unified solution for both problems. AMP-CF breaks down the user to several latent 'personas' (profiles) that identify and discern the different tastes and inclinations of the user. Then, the revealed personas are used to generate and explain the final recommendation list for the user. AMP-CF models users as an attentive mixture of personas, enabling a dynamic user representation that changes based on the item under consideration. We demonstrate AMP-CF on five collaborative filtering datasets from the domains of movies, music, video games and social networks. As an additional contribution, we propose a novel evaluation scheme for comparing the different items in a recommendation list based on the distance from the underlying distribution of "tastes" in the user's historical items. Experimental results show that AMP-CF is competitive with other state-of-the-art models. Finally, we provide qualitative results to showcase the ability of AMP-CF to explain its recommendations.

* Accepted to RecSys 2020 

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Filter-enhanced MLP is All You Need for Sequential Recommendation

Feb 28, 2022
Kun Zhou, Hui Yu, Wayne Xin Zhao, Ji-Rong Wen

Recently, deep neural networks such as RNN, CNN and Transformer have been applied in the task of sequential recommendation, which aims to capture the dynamic preference characteristics from logged user behavior data for accurate recommendation. However, in online platforms, logged user behavior data is inevitable to contain noise, and deep recommendation models are easy to overfit on these logged data. To tackle this problem, we borrow the idea of filtering algorithms from signal processing that attenuates the noise in the frequency domain. In our empirical experiments, we find that filtering algorithms can substantially improve representative sequential recommendation models, and integrating simple filtering algorithms (eg Band-Stop Filter) with an all-MLP architecture can even outperform competitive Transformer-based models. Motivated by it, we propose \textbf{FMLP-Rec}, an all-MLP model with learnable filters for sequential recommendation task. The all-MLP architecture endows our model with lower time complexity, and the learnable filters can adaptively attenuate the noise information in the frequency domain. Extensive experiments conducted on eight real-world datasets demonstrate the superiority of our proposed method over competitive RNN, CNN, GNN and Transformer-based methods. Our code and data are publicly available at the link: \textcolor{blue}{\url{https://github.com/RUCAIBox/FMLP-Rec}}.

* 12 pages, Accepted by WWW 2022 

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Recommendation Engine for Lower Interest Borrowing on Peer to Peer Lending (P2PL) Platform

Jul 20, 2019
Ke Ren, Avinash Malik

Online Peer to Peer Lending (P2PL) systems connect lenders and borrowers directly, thereby making it convenient to borrow and lend money without intermediaries such as banks. Many recommendation systems have been developed for lenders to achieve higher interest rates and avoid defaulting loans. However, there has not been much research in developing recommendation systems to help borrowers make wise decisions. On P2PL platforms, borrowers can either apply for bidding loans, where the interest rate is determined by lenders bidding on a loan or traditional loans where the P2PL platform determines the interest rate. Different borrower grades -- determining the credit worthiness of borrowers get different interest rates via these two mechanisms. Hence, it is essential to determine which type of loans borrowers should apply for. In this paper, we build a recommendation system that recommends to any new borrower the type of loan they should apply for. Using our recommendation system, any borrower can achieve lowered interest rates with a higher likelihood of getting funded.

* Accepted in Web intelligence 2019, this is a long version 

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