Neighbourhood Based Collaborative Filtering - Basic ideas

Total time needed: ~2 hours
Helps to quickly understand basic ideas of neighbourhood based collaborative filtering
Potential Use Cases
Build recommendation engines, Identify trends etc
Who is This For ?
BEGINNERPython developers
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ARTICLE 1. Ratings Matrix
  • What is the basic data structure of this Matrix and what are its properties?
  • What is a long-tail and how does it impact recommendation systems and what can we do about them?
30 minutes
ARTICLE 2. User-based and Item-based similarity Computations
  • What are user-based and item-based models and how does one perform compared to another?
  • How can we build a Rec Sys based on similarity based concepts like Cosine Similarity, Pearson Correlation etc? What does amplifying a similarity function do?
  • What is mean centering and why do we use them? What are the common alternatives?
  • How does inverse user frequency help to handle long-tail? Why should we handle long-tails in the first place?
  • What is the computational complexity of the overall system? How to understand off-line phase and online-phase?
30 minutes
ARTICLE 3. Clustering and Similarity Based methods
  • What is the problems of Sparsity as well as computational complexity?
  • what are SVD, PCA and k-means?
  • How to do MLE for estimating missing values in the Ratings Matrix?
20 minutes
ARTICLE 4. Regression View of Neighbourhood based method
  • How the similarity coefficients that we use is similar to learned weights in a linear regression model?
  • How to use Least Squares optimisation to learn the coefficients?
  • How to handle sparsity and bias issues?
  • How to understand regularization?
30 minutes

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