Neural-Symbolic Reasoning over Knowledge Graph for Multi-stage Explainable Recommendation

26 Jul 2020  ·  Yikun Xian, Zuohui Fu, Qiaoying Huang, S. Muthukrishnan, Yongfeng Zhang ·

Recent work on recommender systems has considered external knowledge graphs as valuable sources of information, not only to produce better recommendations but also to provide explanations of why the recommended items were chosen. Pure rule-based symbolic methods provide a transparent reasoning process over knowledge graph but lack generalization ability to unseen examples, while deep learning models enhance powerful feature representation ability but are hard to interpret. Moreover, direct reasoning over large-scale knowledge graph can be costly due to the huge search space of pathfinding. We approach the problem through a novel coarse-to-fine neural symbolic reasoning method called NSER. It first generates a coarse-grained explanation to capture abstract user behavioral pattern, followed by a fined-grained explanation accompanying with explicit reasoning paths and recommendations inferred from knowledge graph. We extensively experiment on four real-world datasets and observe substantial gains of recommendation performance compared with state-of-the-art methods as well as more diversified explanations in different granularity.

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