GroupIM: A Mutual Information Maximization Framework for Neural Group Recommendation

Aravind Sankar, Yanhong Wu, Yuhang Wu, Wei Zhang, Hao Yang, Hari Sundaram

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Abstract

We study the problem of making item recommendations to ephemeral groups, which comprise users with limited or no historical activities together. Existing studies target persistent groups with substantial activity history, while ephemeral groups lack historical interactions. To overcome group interaction sparsity, we propose data-driven regularization strategies to exploit both the preference covariance amongst users who are in the same group, as well as the contextual relevance of users' individual preferences to each group. We make two contributions. First, we present a recommender architecture-agnostic framework GroupIM that can integrate arbitrary neural preference encoders and aggregators for ephemeral group recommendation. Second, we regularize the user-group latent space to overcome group interaction sparsity by: maximizing mutual information between representations of groups and group members; and dynamically prioritizing the preferences of highly informative members through contextual preference weighting. Our experimental results on several real-world datasets indicate significant performance improvements (31-62% relative NDCG@20) over state-of-the-art group recommendation techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1279-1288
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380164
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 2020
Event43rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2020 - Virtual, Online, China
Duration: Jul 25 2020Jul 30 2020

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference43rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2020
CountryChina
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/25/207/30/20

Keywords

  • data sparsity
  • group recommendation
  • mutual information
  • neural collaborative filtering
  • representation learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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