Recommender systems play a central role in providing individualized access to information and services. This paper focuses on collaborative filtering, an approach that exploits the shared structure among mind-liked users and similar items. In particular, we focus on a formal probabilistic framework known as Markov random fields (MRF). We address the open problem of structure learning and introduce a sparsity-inducing algorithm to automatically estimate the interaction structures between users and between items. Item-item and user-user correlation networks are obtained as a by-product. Large-scale experiments on movie recommendation and date matching datasets demonstrate the power of the proposed method.
Field of Research
080109 Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
Socio Economic Objective
970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
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