Stratified and time-aware sampling based adaptive ensemble learning for streaming recommendations

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Applied Intelligence, 2021, 51, (6), pp. 3121-3141
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© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Recommender systems have played an increasingly important role in providing users with tailored suggestions based on their preferences. However, the conventional offline recommender systems cannot handle the ubiquitous data stream well. To address this issue, Streaming Recommender Systems (SRSs) have emerged in recent years, which incrementally train recommendation models on newly received data for effective real-time recommendations. Focusing on new data only benefits addressing concept drift, i.e., the changing user preferences towards items. However, it impedes capturing long-term user preferences. In addition, the commonly existing underload and overload problems should be well tackled for higher accuracy of streaming recommendations. To address these problems, we propose a S tratified and T ime-aware S ampling based A daptive E nsemble L earning framework, called STS-AEL, to improve the accuracy of streaming recommendations. In STS-AEL, we first devise stratified and time-aware sampling to extract representative data from both new data and historical data to address concept drift while capturing long-term user preferences. Also, incorporating the historical data benefits utilizing the idle resources in the underload scenario more effectively. After that, we propose adaptive ensemble learning to efficiently process the overloaded data in parallel with multiple individual recommendation models, and then effectively fuse the results of these models with a sequential adaptive mechanism. Extensive experiments conducted on three real-world datasets demonstrate that STS-AEL, in all the cases, significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art SRSs.
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