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Enhancing Multicriteria-Based Recommendations by Alleviating Scalability and Sparsity Issues Using Collaborative Denoising Autoencoder

S. Abinaya*, K. Uttej Kumar

School of Computer Science & Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, Tamilnadu, 600 127, India

* Corresponding Author: S. Abinaya. Email: email

Computers, Materials & Continua 2024, 78(2), 2269-2286.


A Recommender System (RS) is a crucial part of several firms, particularly those involved in e-commerce. In conventional RS, a user may only offer a single rating for an item-that is insufficient to perceive consumer preferences. Nowadays, businesses in industries like e-learning and tourism enable customers to rate a product using a variety of factors to comprehend customers’ preferences. On the other hand, the collaborative filtering (CF) algorithm utilizing AutoEncoder (AE) is seen to be effective in identifying user-interested items. However, the cost of these computations increases nonlinearly as the number of items and users increases. To triumph over the issues, a novel expanded stacked autoencoder (ESAE) with Kernel Fuzzy C-Means Clustering (KFCM) technique is proposed with two phases. In the first phase of offline, the sparse multicriteria rating matrix is smoothened to a complete matrix by predicting the users’ intact rating by the ESAE approach and users are clustered using the KFCM approach. In the next phase of online, the top-N recommendation prediction is made by the ESAE approach involving only the most similar user from multiple clusters. Hence the ESAE_KFCM model upgrades the prediction accuracy of 98.2% in Top-N recommendation with a minimized recommendation generation time. An experimental check on the Yahoo! Movies (YM) movie dataset and TripAdvisor (TA) travel dataset confirmed that the ESAE_KFCM model constantly outperforms conventional RS algorithms on a variety of assessment measures.


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S. Abinaya and K. U. Kumar, "Enhancing multicriteria-based recommendations by alleviating scalability and sparsity issues using collaborative denoising autoencoder," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 78, no.2, pp. 2269–2286, 2024.

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