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Artificial Neural Networks and Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithms for Preference Prediction in Multi-Criteria Recommender Systems

by Mohamed Hamada 1,† and Mohammed Hassan 2,*,†,‡
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Software Engineering Lab, University of Aizu, Aizu-Wakamatsu 965-8580, Japan
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Department of Software Engineering, Bayero University Kano, Kano, P.M.B. 3011, Nigeria
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Current address: Department of Software Engineering, Bayero University Kano, Kano P.M.B. 3011, Nigeria.
Informatics 2018, 5(2), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/informatics5020025
Received: 4 December 2017 / Revised: 29 April 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 9 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Recommender Systems)
Recommender systems are powerful online tools that help to overcome problems of information overload. They make personalized recommendations to online users using various data mining and filtering techniques. However, most of the existing recommender systems use a single rating to represent the preference of user on an item. These techniques have several limitations as the preference of the user towards items may depend on several attributes of the items. Multi-criteria recommender systems extend the single rating recommendation techniques to incorporate multiple criteria ratings for improving recommendation accuracy. However, modeling the criteria ratings in multi-criteria recommender systems to determine the overall preferences of users has been considered as one of the major challenges in multi-criteria recommender systems. In other words, how to additionally take the multi-criteria rating information into account during the recommendation process is one of the problems of multi-criteria recommender systems. This article presents a methodological framework that trains artificial neural networks with particle swarm optimization algorithms and uses the neural networks for integrating the multi-criteria rating information and determining the preferences of users. The proposed neural network-based multi-criteria recommender system is integrated with k-nearest neighborhood collaborative filtering for predicting unknown criteria ratings. The proposed approach has been tested with a multi-criteria dataset for recommending movies to users. The empirical results of the study show that the proposed model has a higher prediction accuracy than the corresponding traditional recommendation technique and other multi-criteria recommender systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: recommender systems; artificial neural network; particle swarm optimization algorithm; k-nearest neighborhood; gradient-descent algorithm recommender systems; artificial neural network; particle swarm optimization algorithm; k-nearest neighborhood; gradient-descent algorithm
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Hamada, M.; Hassan, M. Artificial Neural Networks and Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithms for Preference Prediction in Multi-Criteria Recommender Systems. Informatics 2018, 5, 25.

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