Inductive Contextual Relation Learning for Personalization

Chuxu Zhang, Huaxiu Yao, Lu Yu, Chao Huang, Dongjin Song, Haifeng Chen, Meng Jiang, Nitesh V. Chawla

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Web personalization, e.g., recommendation or relevance search, tailoring a service/product to accommodate specific online users, is becoming increasingly important. Inductive personalization aims to infer the relations between existing entities and unseen new ones, e.g., searching relevant authors for new papers or recommending new items to users. This problem, however, is challenging since most of recent studies focus on transductive problem for existing entities. In addition, despite some inductive learning approaches have been introduced recently, their performance is sub-optimal due to relatively simple and inflexible architectures for aggregating entity’s content. To this end, we propose the inductive contextual personalization (ICP) framework through contextual relation learning. Specifically, we first formulate the pairwise relations between entities with a ranking optimization scheme that employs neural aggregator to fuse entity’s heterogeneous contents. Next, we introduce a node embedding term to capture entity’s contextual relations, as a smoothness constraint over the prior ranking objective. Finally, the gradient descent procedure with adaptive negative sampling is employed to learn the model parameters. The learned model is capable of inferring the relations between existing entities and inductive ones. Thorough experiments demonstrate that ICP outperforms numerous baseline methods for two different applications, i.e., relevant author search and new item recommendation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalACM Transactions on Information Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 25 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-11-24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications


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