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Modeling User Preferences Using Relative Feedback for Personalized Recommendations
Saikishore Kalloori, Tianyu Li

Last modified: 2020-05-08


Recommender systems are widely developed to learn user preferences from their past history and make predictions on the unseen items a user may like. User preferences in the form of absolute preferences, such as user ratings or clicks are commonly used to model a user’s interest and generate recommendations. However, rating items is not the most natural mechanism that users use for making decisions in daily life. For instance, we do not rate t-shirts when we want to buy one. It is more likely that we will compare them one to one, and purchase the preferred one. In this work, we focus on relative feedback, which generates pairwise preferences as an alternative way to model user preferences and compute recommendations. In our scenario, each user is shown a set of item pairs and asked to compare them to indicate which item in the pair is more preferred. We propose a recommendation algorithm to predict a user’s relative preference for a given pairs of items and compute a personalised ranking of items. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed algorithm in comparison with state-of-the-art relative feedback based recommendation approaches. Our experimental results reveal that the proposed algorithm is able to outperform the baseline algorithms on popular ranking-oriented evaluation metrics.

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