Pierre Latouche (MAP5 Université de Paris)

DeepLTRS: A Deep Latent Recommender System based on User Ratings and Reviews

vendredi 8 janvier 2021, 9h30 - 10h30

Salle du conseil, espace Turing

We introduce a deep latent recommender system named deepLTRS in order to provide users with high quality recommendations based on observed user ratings and texts of product reviews. The underlying motivation is that, when a user scores only a few products, the texts used in the reviews represent a significant source of information. Using this information can alleviate data sparsity, thereby enhancing the predictive ability of the model. Our approach adopts a variational auto-encoder (VAE) architecture as a generative deep latent variable model for both the ordinal matrix, encoding users scores about products, and the document-term matrix, encoding the reviews. Moreover, different from unique user-based or item-based models, deepLTRS assumes latent representations for both users and products. An alternated user/product mini-batching optimization structure is proposed to jointly capture user and product preferences. Numerical experiments on simulated and real-world data sets demonstrate that deepLTRS outperforms the state-of-the-art, in particular in context of extreme data sparsity.