Proceedings Abstracts of the Twenty-Third International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Learning Community-Based Preferences via Dirichlet Process Mixtures of Gaussian Processes / 1213
Ehsan Abbasnejad, Scott Sanner, Edwin V. Bonilla, Pascal Poupart

Bayesian approaches to preference learning using Gaussian Processes(GPs) are attractive due to their ability to explicitly model uncertainty in users' latent utility functions; unfortunately existing techniques have cubic time complexity in the number of users, which renders this approach intractable for collaborative preference learning over a large user base. Exploiting the observation that user populations often decompose into communities of shared preferences, we model user preferences as an infinite Dirichlet Process (DP) mixture of communities and learn (a) the expected number of preference communities represented in the data, (b) a GP-based preference model over items tailored to each community, and (c) the mixture weights representing each user's fraction of community membership. This results in a learning and inference process that scales linearly in the number of users rather than cubicly and additionally provides the ability to analyze individual community preferences and their associated members. We evaluate our approach on a variety of preference data sources including Amazon Mechanical Turk showing that our method is more scalable and as accurate as previous GP-based preference learning work.