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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Fewer Flops at the Top: Accuracy, Diversity, and Regularization in Two-Class Collaborative Filtering
Other Titles I Want to Watch Non-Popcorn Movies Sometimes: Accuracy, Diversity, and Regularization in Probabilistic Latent Factor Models
Organization Unit
  • Bibek Paudel
  • Thilo Haas
  • Abraham Bernstein
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Event Title 11th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems RecSys 2017
Event Type conference
Event Location Como, Italy
Event Start Date August 27 - 2017
Event End Date August 31 - 2017
Series Name RecSys
Place of Publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher ACM Press
Abstract Text In most existing recommender systems, implicit or explicit interactions are treated as positive links and all unknown interactions are treated as negative links. The goal is to suggest new links that will be perceived as positive by users. However, as signed social networks and newer content services become common, it is important to distinguish between positive and negative preferences. Even in existing applications, the cost of a negative recommendation could be high when people are looking for new jobs, friends, or places to live. In this work, we develop novel probabilistic latent factor models to recommend positive links and compare them with existing methods on five different openly available datasets. Our models are able to produce better ranking lists and are effective in the task of ranking positive links at the top, with fewer negative links (flops). Moreover, we find that modeling signed social networks and user preferences this way has the advantage of increasing the diversity of recommendations. We also investigate the effect of regularization on the quality of recommendations, a matter that has not received enough attention in the literature. We find that regularization parameter heavily affects the quality of recommendations in terms of both accuracy and diversity.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/3109859.3109916
Other Identification Number merlin-id:15001
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