Note:  This paper is an extended version of our conference paper “Leveraging Item Connections to Improve Social Recommendations with Ratings and Reviews” at the 2016 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2016).
Abstract: Recommender systems aim to provide users with preferred items to address the information overload problem in the Web era. Social relations, item connections, and user-generated item reviews and ratings play important roles in recommender systems as they contain abundant potential information. Many methods have been proposed to predict users’ ratings by learning latent topic factors from their reviews and ratings of corresponding items. However, these methods ignore the relationships among items and cannot make full use of the complicated relations between reviews and ratings. Motivated by this observation, we integrate ratings, reviews, user connections and item relations to improve recommendations by combining matrix factorization with the Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) model. Experimental results on two real-world datasets prove that item–item relations contain useful information for recommendations, and our model effectively improves recommendation quality.