A Comparative Study of Collaborative Filtering Algorithms

Mingxuan Sun
Guy Lebanon
ArXiv 1205:3193(2012)


Collaborative ltering is a rapidly advancing research area. Every year several new techniques are proposed and yet it is not clear which of the techniques work best and under what conditions. In this paper we conduct a study comparing several collaborative ltering techniques -- both classic and recent state-of-the-art -- in a variety of experimental contexts. Specifically, we report conclusions controlling for number of items, number of users, sparsity level, performance criteria, and computational complexity. Our conclusions identify what algorithms work well and in what conditions, and contribute to both industrial deployment collaborative ltering algorithms and to the research community.

Research Areas