Time-Dependent Item Embeddings for Collaborative Filtering

  • Pedro R. Pires UFSCar
  • Amanda C. Pascon UFSCar
  • Tiago A. Almeida UFSCar


Collaborative filtering recommender systems are essential tools in many modern applications. Their main advantage compared with the alternatives is that they require only a matrix of user-item interactions to recommend a subset of relevant items for a given user. However, the increasing volume of the data consumed by these systems may lead to a representation model with very high sparsity and dimensionality. Several approaches to overcome this problem have been proposed, neural embeddings being one of the most recent. Since then, many recommender systems were made using this representation model, but few consumed temporal information during the learning phase. This study shows how to adapt a pioneering method of item embeddings by adding a sliding window over time, in conjunction with a split in the user’s interaction history. Results indicate that considering temporal information when learning neural embeddings for items can significantly improve the quality of the recommendations.
Palavras-chave: Collaborative filtering, Distributed vector representation, Item embeddings, Temporal data, Sliding window
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PIRES, Pedro R.; PASCON, Amanda C.; ALMEIDA, Tiago A.. Time-Dependent Item Embeddings for Collaborative Filtering. In: BRAZILIAN CONFERENCE ON INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS (BRACIS), 10. , 2021, Online. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2021 . ISSN 2643-6264.