Talk deals with a practical recommendation sceaario - item-2-item recommendation (similar/related items) with implicit feedback and context. Solution is provided in the factorization framework.
Paper abstract (to appear in ACM digital Library) Item-to-item recommendation - when the most similar items sought to the actual item - is an important recommendation scenario in practical recommender systems. One way to solve this task is to use the similarity between item feature vectors of factorization models. By doing so, one may transfer the well-known accuracy of factorization models observed at the personalized recommendations to the item-to-item case. This paper introduces context-awareness to item similarities in the factorization framework. Two levels of context-aware similarities are defined and applied to two context-aware implicit feedback based factorization methods (iTALS and iTALSx). We investigate the advantages and drawbacks of the approaches on four real life implicit feedback data sets and we characterize the conditions for their application. The results suggest that it is worth using contextual information for item-to-item recommendations in the factorization framework, however, one should carefully select the appropriate method to achieve similar accuracy gain than in the case of the more general item-to-user recommendation scenario.