Semantics Embedded Sequential Recommendation for E-Commerce Products (SEMSRec)

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2020

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Collaborative filtering, data mining, electronic commerce, recommender systems, semantics, sequential model

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In Collaborative Filtering methods, tailored recommendations cannot be obtained when the user-item matrix is sparse (i.e., has low user-item interactions such as item ratings or purchases). Conventional recommendation systems (ChoiRec12, HPCRec18, HSPRec19) utilizing mining techniques such as clustering, frequent and sequential pattern mining along with click and purchase similarity measures for item recommendation cannot perform well when the user-item interactions are less, as the number of items keep increasing rapidly. Additionally, they have not explored the integration of semantic information of products extracted from customers' purchase histories into the item matrix and the pattern mining process. To address this problem, this paper proposes (SEMSRec) which integrates semantic information of E-commerce products extracted from purchase histories into all phases of recommendation process (pre-processing, pattern mining and recommendation). This is achieved by i) learning semantic similarities between items from customers' purchase histories using Prod2vec model, ii) leveraging this information to mine semantically rich sequential purchase patterns and, iii) enriching the item matrix with semantic and sequential product purchase information before applying item based collaborative filtering. Thus, SEMSRec can provide Top-K personalized recommendations based on semantic similarities between items without the need for users' ratings on items. Experimental results on publically available E-commerce data set show that SEMSRec provides more relevant recommendations over other existing methods.