PEN4Rec: Preference Evolution Networks for Session-based Recommendation

17 Jun 2021  ·  Dou Hu, Lingwei Wei, Wei Zhou, Xiaoyong Huai, Zhiqi Fang, Songlin Hu ·

Session-based recommendation aims to predict user the next action based on historical behaviors in an anonymous session. For better recommendations, it is vital to capture user preferences as well as their dynamics. Besides, user preferences evolve over time dynamically and each preference has its own evolving track. However, most previous works neglect the evolving trend of preferences and can be easily disturbed by the effect of preference drifting. In this paper, we propose a novel Preference Evolution Networks for session-based Recommendation (PEN4Rec) to model preference evolving process by a two-stage retrieval from historical contexts. Specifically, the first-stage process integrates relevant behaviors according to recent items. Then, the second-stage process models the preference evolving trajectory over time dynamically and infer rich preferences. The process can strengthen the effect of relevant sequential behaviors during the preference evolution and weaken the disturbance from preference drifting. Extensive experiments on three public datasets demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed model.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Session-Based Recommendations Diginetica PEN4Rec MRR@20 18.56 # 5
Hit@20 52.50 # 6
Session-Based Recommendations Last.FM PEN4Rec HR@20 28.82 # 1
MRR@20 11.33 # 1
Session-Based Recommendations yoochoose1/64 PEN4Rec MRR@20 31.71 # 3
HR@20 71.53 # 4


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