Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2017

Abstract

Being part and parcel of the daily life for billions of people all over the globe, the domain of mobile Applications (Apps) is the fastest growing sector of mobile market today. Users, however, are frequently overwhelmed by the vast number of released Apps and frequently updated versions. Towards this end, we propose a novel version-sensitive mobile App recommendation framework. It is able to recommend appropriate Apps to right users by jointly exploring the version progression and dual-heterogeneous data. It is helpful for alleviating the data sparsity problem caused by version division. As a byproduct, it can be utilized to solve the in-matrix and out-of-matrix cold-start problems. Considering the progression of versions within the same categories, the performance of our proposed framework can be further improved. It is worth emphasizing that our proposed version progression modeling can work as a plug-in component to be embedded into most of the existing latent factor-based algorithms. To support the online learning, we design an incremental update strategy for the framework to adapt the dynamic data in real-time. Extensive experiments on a real-world dataset have demonstrated the promising performance of our proposed approach with both offline and online protocols. Relevant data, code, and parameter settings are available at http://apprec.wixsite.comiversion.

Keywords

Mobile App recommendation, Version progression, Data sparsity problem, Cold-start problem, Plug-in component, Online environment

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Databases and Information Systems

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

Information Sciences

Volume

381

First Page

161

Last Page

175

ISSN

0020-0255

Identifier

10.1016/j.ins.2016.11.025

Publisher

Elsevier

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://doi.org/10.1016/j.ins.2016.11.025

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