Fast and Examination-agnostic Reciprocal Recommendation in Matching Markets

15 Jun 2023  ·  Yoji Tomita, Riku Togashi, Yuriko Hashizume, Naoto Ohsaka ·

In matching markets such as job posting and online dating platforms, the recommender system plays a critical role in the success of the platform. Unlike standard recommender systems that suggest items to users, reciprocal recommender systems (RRSs) that suggest other users must take into account the mutual interests of users. In addition, ensuring that recommendation opportunities do not disproportionately favor popular users is essential for the total number of matches and for fairness among users. Existing recommendation methods in matching markets, however, face computational challenges on real-world scale platforms and depend on specific examination functions in the position-based model (PBM). In this paper, we introduce the reciprocal recommendation method based on the matching with transferable utility (TU matching) model in the context of ranking recommendations in matching markets, and propose a faster and examination-agnostic algorithm. Furthermore, we evaluate our approach on experiments with synthetic data and real-world data from an online dating platform in Japan. Our method performs better than or as well as existing methods in terms of the total number of matches and works well even in relatively large datasets for which one existing method does not work.

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