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The collaborative filtering (CF) using known user ratings of items has proved to be effective for predicting user preferences in item selection. This thriving subfield of machine learning became popular in the late 1990s with the spread of online services that use recommender systems, such as Amazon, Yahoo! Music, and Netflix. CF approaches are usually… (More)

The Netflix Prize (NP) competition gave much attention to collaborative filtering (CF) approaches. Matrix factorization (MF) based CF approaches assign low dimensional feature vectors to users and items. We link CF and content-based filtering (CBF) by finding a linear transformation that transforms user or item descriptions so that they are as close as… (More)

Alternating least squares (ALS) is a powerful matrix factorization (MF) algorithm for both explicit and implicit feedback based recommender systems. As shown in many articles, increasing the number of latent factors (denoted by <i>K</i>) boosts the prediction accuracy of MF based recommender systems, including ALS as well. The price of the better accuracy… (More)

The Netflix Prize is a collaborative filtering problem. This subfield of machine learning became popular in the late 1990s with the spread of online services that used recommendation systems (e.g. Amazon, Yahoo! Music, and of course Netflix). The aim of such a system is to predict what items a user might like based on his/her and other users' previous… (More)

Matrix Factorization (MF) based approaches have proven to be efficient for rating-based recommendation systems. In this work, we propose several matrix factorization approaches with improved prediction accuracy. We introduce a novel and fast (semi)-positive MF approach that approximates the features by using positive values for either users or items. We… (More)

Collaborative filtering (CF) approaches proved to be effective for recommender systems in predicting user preferences in item selection using known user ratings of items. This subfield of machine learning has gained a lot of popularity with the Netflix Prize competition started in October 2006. Two major approaches for this problem are matrix factorization… (More)

The need for solving weighted ridge regression (WRR) problems arises in a number of collaborative filtering (CF) algorithms. Often, there is not enough time to calculate the exact solution of the WRR problem, or it is not required. The conjugate gradient (CG) method is a state-of-the-art approach for the approximate solution of WRR problems. In this paper,… (More)

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