AAAI Publications, Twenty-Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Context-Aware Collaborative Topic Regression with Social Matrix Factorization for Recommender Systems
Chaochao Chen, Xiaolin Zheng, Yan Wang, Fuxing Hong, Zhen Lin

Last modified: 2014-06-19


Online social networking sites have become popular platforms on which users can link with each other and share information, not only basic rating information but also information such as contexts, social relationships, and item contents. However, as far as we know, no existing works systematically combine diverse types of information to build more accurate recommender systems. In this paper, we propose a novel context-aware hierarchical Bayesian method. First, we propose the use of spectral clustering for user-item subgrouping, so that users and items in similar contexts are grouped. We then propose a novel hierarchical Bayesian model that can make predictions for each user-item subgroup, our model incorporate not only topic modeling to mine item content but also social matrix factorization to handle ratings and social relationships. Experiments on an Epinions dataset show that our method significantly improves recommendation performance compared with six categories of state-of-the-art recommendation methods in terms of both prediction accuracy and recall. We have also conducted experiments to study the extent to which ratings, contexts, social relationships, and item contents contribute to recommendation performance in terms of prediction accuracy and recall.


recommender systems; matrix factorization; social network; context-aware

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