June 18, 2024

Sajad Ahmadian

Academic rank: Assistant professor
Education: Ph.D in Computer Engineering
Phone: 09188339565
Faculty: Faculty of Information Technology


RDERL: Reliable deep ensemble reinforcement learning-based recommender system
Type Article
Recommender system; Reinforcement learning; Deep neural networks; Reliability
Researchers Milad Ahmadian، Sajad Ahmadian، Mahmood Ahmadi


Recommender systems (RSs) have been employed for many real-world applications including search engines, social networks, and information retrieval systems as powerful intelligent techniques for creating personalized recommendations. RSs mainly utilize different data resources such as user-item ratings, tag data, and social relationships in their recommendation process to overcome the data sparsity issue. One of the main challenges is how to integrate the results obtained by these data resources. Moreover, most of the existing RSs focus on the recommendation accuracy, and do not consider the reliability of the recommendations. To address these challenges, in this study, a reliable recommendation method is developed, which employs deep neural networks and reinforcement learning. The proposed method firstly uses a stacked denoising autoencoder model to obtain the latent features from the rating, tag, and trust data. The similarity value between each pair of users is then calculated in three different aspects according to the extracted latent features. An ensemble approach is developed by integrating the three similarities using reinforcement learning to determine the final similarity value. The ensemble similarity values are used in the rating prediction process, and the reliability of the predicted ratings is evaluated using an effective measure. Finally, a recommendation strategy is developed based on the integration of the predicted ratings and their reliability values. We evaluated the effectiveness of the proposed method by conducting numerous experiments on three datasets where the results show that the proposed method is far superior to other recommendation models in making more accurate recommendations.