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In this paper, we propose a probabilistic generative model, called unified model, which naturally unifies the ideas of social influence, collaborative filtering and content-based methods for item recommendation. To address the issue of hidden social influence, we devise new algorithms to learn the model parameters of our proposal based on expectation maximization (EM). In addition to a single-machine version of our EM algorithm, we further devise a parallelized implementation on the Map-ReducearXiv:1109.0758v1 fatcat:2m6yemtg4bgu3omf5owk2skxhu