Defending Grey Attacks by Exploiting Wavelet Analysis in Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems

Zhihai, Zhongmin Cai, Agile Esmaeilikelishomi
2015 International Journal of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IJARAI)  
Shilling" attacks or "profile injection" attacks have always major challenges in collaborative filtering recommender systems (CFRSs). Many efforts have been devoted to improve collaborative filtering techniques which can eliminate the "shilling" attacks. However, most of them focused on detecting push attack or nuke attack which is rated with the highest score or lowest score on the target items. Few pay attention to grey attack when a target item is rated with a lower or higher scores than the
more » ... average score, which shows a more hidden rating behavior than push or nuke attack. In this paper, we present a novel detection method to make recommender systems resistant to such attacks. To characterize grey ratings, we exploit rating deviation of item to discriminate between grey attack profiles and genuine profiles. In addition, we also employ novelty and popularity of item to construct rating series. Since it is difficult to discriminate between the rating series of attacker and genuine users, we incorporate into discrete wavelet transform (DWT) to amplify these differences based on the rating series of rating deviation, novelty and popularity, respectively. Finally, we respectively extract features from rating series of rating deviation-based, novelty-based and popularitybased by using amplitude domain analysis method and combine all clustered results as our detection results. We conduct a list of experiments on the Book-Crossing dataset in diverse attack models. Experimental results were included to validate the effectiveness of our approach in comparison with benchmarked methods. Keywords-recommender system; grey attack; discrete wavelet transform; shilling attack I.
doi:10.14569/ijarai.2015.041103 fatcat:kvzfv7ltibeqhftm6gvr4ynahe