RecVAE: A New Variational Autoencoder for Top-N Recommendations with Implicit Feedback

Ilya Shenbin, Anton Alekseev, Elena Tutubalina, Valentin Malykh, Sergey I. Nikolenko
2020 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining  
Recent research has shown the advantages of using autoencoders based on deep neural networks for collaborative filtering. In particular, the recently proposed Mult-VAE model, which used the multinomial likelihood variational autoencoders, has shown excellent results for top-N recommendations. In this work, we propose the Recommender VAE (RecVAE) model that originates from our research on regularization techniques for variational autoencoders. RecVAE introduces several novel ideas to improve
more » ... -VAE, including a novel composite prior distribution for the latent codes, a new approach to setting the β hyperparameter for the β-VAE framework, and a new approach to training based on alternating updates. In experimental evaluation, we show that RecVAE significantly outperforms previously proposed autoencoder-based models, including Mult-VAE and RaCT, across classical collaborative filtering datasets, and present a detailed ablation study to assess our new developments. Code and models are available at
doi:10.1145/3336191.3371831 dblp:conf/wsdm/ShenbinATMN20 fatcat:uo5sftpsdzcmxjek6h27rxmile