Towards Generalizeable Semantic Product Search by Text Similarity Pre-training on Search Click Logs

Zheng Liu, Wei Zhang, Yan Chen, Weiyi Sun, Tianchuan Du, Benjamin Schroeder
2022 Proceedings of The Fifth Workshop on e-Commerce and NLP (ECNLP 5)   unpublished
Recently, semantic search has been successfully applied to e-commerce product search and the learned semantic space(s) for query and product encoding are expected to generalize to unseen queries or products. Yet, whether generalization can conveniently emerge has not been thoroughly studied in the domain thus far. In this paper, we examine several general-domain and domain-specific pre-trained Roberta variants and discover that general-domain finetuning does not help generalization, which
more » ... with the discovery of prior art. Proper domain-specific fine-tuning with clickstream data can lead to better model generalization, based on a bucketed analysis of a publicly available manual annotated query-product pair data.
doi:10.18653/v1/2022.ecnlp-1.26 fatcat:r5o2ahftinao3hnmizceomsey4