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Joint Neural Collaborative Filtering for Recommender Systems

We propose a Joint Neural Collaborative Filtering (J-NCF) method for recommender systems. The J-NCF model applies a joint neural network that couples... (more)

Question Answering in Knowledge Bases: A Verification Assisted Model with Iterative Training

Question answering over knowledge bases aims to take full advantage of the information in knowledge bases with the ultimate purpose of returning answers to questions. To access the substantial knowledge within the KB, many model architectures are hindered by the bottleneck of accurately predicting relations that connect subject entities in... (more)

Offline versus Online Representation Learning of Documents Using External Knowledge

An intensive recent research work investigated the combined use of hand-curated knowledge resources and corpus-driven resources to learn effective... (more)

Constructing Click Model for Mobile Search with Viewport Time

A series of click models has been proposed to extract accurate and unbiased relevance feedback from valuable yet noisy click-through data in search... (more)

Next and Next New POI Recommendation via Latent Behavior Pattern Inference

Next and next new point-of-interest (POI) recommendation are essential instruments in promoting customer experiences and business operations related... (more)

Modeling Embedding Dimension Correlations via Convolutional Neural Collaborative Filtering

As the core of recommender systems, collaborative filtering (CF) models the affinity between a user and an item from historical user-item... (more)


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ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS) is a scholarly journal that publishes previously unpublished high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of information retrieval. TOIS is published quarterly.

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A multi-label classication method using a hierarchical and transparent representation for paper-reviewer recommendation

Paper-reviewer recommendation problem in academic usually refers to recommend experts to comment on the quality of papers. How to effectively and accurately recommend reviewers for papers is a meaningful and still tough task. Generally, the representation of a paper and a reviewer is very important for the paper-reviewer recommendation. Actually, a reviewer or a paper often belongs to multiple research fields, which slightly increases difficulty in paper-reviewer recommendation. In this paper, we propose a Multi-Label Classification method using a HIErarchical and transPArent Representation named Hiepar-MLC. Firstly, we introduce a HIErarchical and transPArent Representation (Hiepar) to express the semantic information of the reviewer and the paper. Hiepar is learned from a two-level bidirectional gated recurrent unit based network applying the attention mechanism. It is capable of capturing the two-level hierarchical information (word-sentence-document) and highlighting the elements in reviewers or papers. Further we transform the paper-reviewer recommendation problem into a Multi-Label Classification (MLC) issue, whose multiple research labels exactly guide the learning process. It?s flexible that we can select any multi-label classification method to solve the paper-reviewer recommendation problem. Our experiments on the real dataset consists of the papers in ACM Digital Library show the effectiveness and feasibility of our method.

Enhancing Personalized Recommendation by Implicit Preference Communities Modeling

Recommender systems aim to capture user preferences and provide accurate recommendations to users accordingly. A collection of users may have similar preferences with each other, thus forms a community. Since such communities may not be explicitly given, they are formally defined and named Implicit Preference Communities (IPCs) in this paper. By enriching user preferences with the information of other users in the communities, the performance of recommender systems can also be enhanced. In this paper, we propose a recommendation model with Implicit Preference Communities from user ratings and social connections. To tackle the unsupervised learning limitation of IPC modeling, we propose a semi-supervised Bayesian probabilistic graphical model to capture the IPC structure for recommendation. Meanwhile following the spirit of transfer learning, both rating behaviors and social connections are introduced into the model by parameter sharing. Moreover Gibbs sampling based algorithms are proposed for parameter inferences of the models. And to meet the need for online scenarios when data arrives as a stream, a novel online sampling based parameter inference algorithm is proposed. Extensive experiments on seven real-world datasets have been conducted and compared with fourteen state-of-art recommendation algorithms. Statistically significant improvements verify the effectiveness of the proposed IPC-aware recommendation models.

Next-Item Recommendation via Collaborative Filtering with Bidirectional Item Similarity

Exploiting temporal effect has empirically been recognized as a promising way to improve the recommendation performance in recent years. In real-world applications, one-class data in the form of (user, item, timestamp) are usually more accessible and abundant than numerical ratings. In this paper, we focus on exploiting such one-class data in order to provide personalized next-item recommendation services. Specifically, we base our work on the framework of time-aware item-based collaborative filtering, and propose a simple yet effective bidirectional item similarity (BIS) that is able to capture sequential patterns even from noisy data. Furthermore, we extend BIS via some factorization techniques and obtain an adaptive version, i.e., adaptive BIS (ABIS), in order to better fit the behavioral data. We also design a compound weighting function that leverages the complementarity between two well-known time-aware weighting functions. With the proposed similarity measurements and weighting function, we obtain two novel collaborative filtering methods that are able to achieve significantly better performance than the state-of-the-art methods, showcasing their effectiveness for next-item recommendation.

A Deep Learning Architecture for Psychometric Natural Language Processing

Psychometric measures reflecting people's knowledge, ability, attitudes and personality traits are critical for many real-world applications, such as e-commerce, healthcare, and cybersecurity. However, traditional methods cannot collect and measure rich psychometric dimensions in a timely and unobtrusive manner. Consequently, despite their importance, psychometric dimensions have received limited attention from the natural language processing and information retrieval communities. In this paper, we propose a deep learning architecture, PyNDA, to extract psychometric dimensions from user-generated texts. PyNDA contains a novel representation embedding, a demographic embedding, a structural equation model (SEM) encoder, and a multi-task learning mechanism designed to work in unison to address the unique challenges associated with extracting rich, sophisticated and user-centric psychometric dimensions. Our experiments on three real-world datasets encompassing eleven psychometric dimensions, including trust, anxiety, and literacy, show that PyNDA markedly outperforms traditional feature-based classifiers as well as the state-of-the-art deep learning architectures. Ablation analysis reveals that each component of PyNDA significantly contributes to its overall performance. Collectively, the results demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed architecture for facilitating rich psychometric analysis. Our results have important implications for user-centric information extraction and retrieval systems looking to measure and incorporate psychometric dimensions.

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