Practical Linear Models for Large-Scale One-Class Collaborative Filtering / 3854
Suvash Sedhain, Hung Bui, Jaya Kawale, Nikos Vlassis, Branislav Kveton, Aditya Krishna Menon, Trung Bui, Scott Sanner
Collaborative filtering has emerged as the de facto approach to personalized recommendation problems. However, a scenario that has proven difficult in practice is the one-class collaborative filtering case (OC-CF), where one has examples of items that a user prefers, but no examples of items they do not prefer. In such cases, it is desirable to have recommendation algorithms that are personalized, learning-based, and highly scalable. Existing linear recommenders for OC-CF achieve good performance in benchmarking tasks, but they involve solving a large number of a regression subproblems, limiting their applicability to large-scale problems. We show that it is possible to scale up linear recommenders to big data by learning an OC-CF model in a randomized low-dimensional embedding of the user-item interaction matrix. Our algorithm, Linear-FLow, achieves state-of-the-art performance in a comprehensive set of experiments on standard benchmarks as well as real data.