An embedded bandit algorithm based on agent evolution for cold-start problem

Rui Qiu, Wen Ji
<span title="2021-08-05">2021</span> <i title="Emerald"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/hjdxmirpd5cejpc2huezjdqbti" style="color: black;">International Journal of Crowd Science</a> </i> &nbsp;
Purpose Many recommender systems are generally unable to provide accurate recommendations to users with limited interaction history, which is known as the cold-start problem. This issue can be resolved by trivial approaches that select random items or the most popular one to recommend to the new users. However, these methods perform poorly in many cases. This paper aims to explore the problem that how to make accurate recommendations for the new users in cold-start scenarios.
more &raquo; ... approach In this paper, the authors propose embedded-bandit method, inspired by Word2Vec technique and contextual bandit algorithm. The authors describe user contextual information with item embedding features constructed by Word2Vec. In addition, based on the intelligence measurement model in Crowd Science, the authors propose a new evaluation method to measure the utility of recommendations. Findings The authors introduce Word2Vec technique for constructing user contextual features, which improved the accuracy of recommendations compared to traditional multi-armed bandit problem. Apart from this, using this study's intelligence measurement model, the utility also outperforms. Practical implications Improving the accuracy of recommendations during the cold-start phase can greatly raise user stickiness and increase user favorability, which in turn contributes to the commercialization of the app. Originality/value The algorithm proposed in this paper reflects that user contextual features can be represented by clicked items embedding vector.
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