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Recommendations Based on Listwise Learning-to-Rank by Incorporating Social Information
  • KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
    Monthly Online Journal (eISSN: 1976-7277)

Recommendations Based on Listwise Learning-to-Rank by Incorporating Social Information

Vol. 12, No. 1, January 30, 2018
10.3837/tiis.2018.01.006, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

Collaborative Filtering (CF) is widely used in recommendation field, which can be divided into rating-based CF and learning-to-rank based CF. Although many methods have been proposed based on these two kinds of CF, there still be room for improvement. Firstly, the data sparsity problem still remains a big challenge for CF algorithms. Secondly, the malicious rating given by some illegal users may affect the recommendation accuracy. Existing CF algorithms seldom took both of the two observations into consideration. In this paper, we propose a recommendation method based on listwise learning-to-rank by incorporating users’ social information. By taking both ratings and order of items into consideration, the Plackett-Luce model is presented to find more accurate similar users. In order to alleviate the data sparsity problem, the improved matrix factorization model by integrating the influence of similar users is proposed to predict the rating. On the basis of exploring the trust relationship between users according to their social information, a listwise learning-to-rank algorithm is proposed to learn an optimal ranking model, which can output the recommendation list more consistent with the user preference. Comprehensive experiments conducted on two public real-world datasets show that our approach not only achieves high recommendation accuracy in relatively short runtime, but also is able to reduce the impact of malicious ratings.


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Cite this article

[IEEE Style]
C. Fang, H. Zhang, M. Zhang and J. Wang, "Recommendations Based on Listwise Learning-to-Rank by Incorporating Social Information," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 109-134, 2018. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2018.01.006.

[ACM Style]
Chen Fang, Hengwei Zhang, Ming Zhang, and Jindong Wang. 2018. Recommendations Based on Listwise Learning-to-Rank by Incorporating Social Information. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 12, 1, (2018), 109-134. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2018.01.006.