Two-level matrix factorization for recommender systems

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Neural Computing and Applications, 2016, 27 (8), pp. 2267 - 2278
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© 2015, The Natural Computing Applications Forum. Many existing recommendation methods such as matrix factorization (MF) mainly rely on user–item rating matrix, which sometimes is not informative enough, often suffering from the cold-start problem. To solve this challenge, complementary textual relations between items are incorporated into recommender systems (RS) in this paper. Specifically, we first apply a novel weighted textual matrix factorization (WTMF) approach to compute the semantic similarities between items, then integrate the inferred item semantic relations into MF and propose a two-level matrix factorization (TLMF) model for RS. Experimental results on two open data sets not only demonstrate the superiority of TLMF model over benchmark methods, but also show the effectiveness of TLMF for solving the cold-start problem.
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