Connecting Comments and Tags: Improved Modeling of Social Tagging Systems

Dawei Yin, Shengbo Guo, Boris Chidlovskii, Brian D. Davison, Cedric Archambeau and Guillaume Bouchard

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Collaborative tagging systems are now deployed extensively to help users share and organize resources. Tag prediction and recommendation can simplify and streamline the user experience, and by modeling user preferences, predictive accuracy can be significantly improved. However, previous methods typically model user behavior based only on a log of prior tags, neglecting other behaviors and information in social tagging systems, e.g., commenting on items and connecting with other users. On the other hand, little is known about the connection and correlations among these behaviors and contexts in social tagging systems.

In this paper, we investigate improved modeling for predictive social tagging systems. Our explanatory analyses demonstrate three significant challenges: coupled high order interaction, data sparsity and cold start on items. We tackle these problems by using a generalized latent factor model and fully Bayesian treatment. To evaluate performance, we test on two real-world data sets from Flickr and Bibsonomy. Our experiments on these data sets show that to achieve best predictive performance, it is necessary to employ a fully Bayesian treatment in modeling high order relations in a social tagging system. Our methods noticeably outperform state-of-the-art approaches.

In Proceedings of the 6th Annual ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, pages 547-556, Rome, Italy, February 2013.

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