Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

12-2013

Abstract

User preferences are commonly learned from historical data whereby users express preferences for items, e.g., through consumption of products or services. Most work assumes that a user is not constrained in their selection of items. This assumption does not take into account the availability constraint, whereby users could only access some items, but not others. For example, in subscription-based systems, we can observe only those historical preferences on subscribed (available) items. However, the objective is to predict preferences on unsubscribed (unavailable) items, which do not appear in the historical observations due to their (lack of) availability. To model preferences in a probabilistic manner and address the issue of availability constraint, we develop a graphical model, called Latent Transition Model (LTM) to discover users’ latent interests. LTM is novel in incorporating transitions in interests when certain items are not available to the user. Experiments on a real-life implicit feedback dataset demonstrate that LTM is effective in discovering customers’ latent interests, and it achieves significant improvements in prediction accuracy over baselines that do not model transitions.

Keywords

latent interests, topic translation, topic model, graphical model, user preferences, latent transition model

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

IEEE 13th International Conference on Data Mining

First Page

101

Last Page

110

ISSN

1550-4786

Identifier

10.1109/ICDM.2013.41

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Dallas, TX

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICDM.2013.41

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