Global and Personalized Graphs for Heterogeneous Sequential Recommendation by Learning Behavior Transitions and User Intentions

Weixin Chen, Mingkai He, Yongxin Ni, Weike Pan*, Zhong Ming*, Li Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Heterogeneous sequential recommendation (HSR) is a very important recommendation problem, which aims to predict a user's next interacted item under a target behavior type (e.g., purchase in e-commerce sites) based on his/her historical interactions with different behaviors. Though existing sequential methods have achieved advanced performance by considering the varied impacts of interactions with sequential information, a large body of them still have two major shortcomings. Firstly, they usually model different behaviors separately without considering the correlations between them. The transitions from item to item under diverse behaviors indicate some users' potential behavior manner. Secondly, though the behavior information contains a user's fine-grained interests, the insufficient consideration of the local context information limits them from well understanding user intentions. Utilizing the adjacent interactions to better understand a user's behavior could improve the certainty of prediction. To address these two issues, we propose a novel solution utilizing global and personalized graphs for HSR (GPG4HSR) to learn behavior transitions and user intentions. Specifically, our GPG4HSR consists of two graphs, i.e., a global graph to capture the transitions between different behaviors, and a personalized graph to model items with behaviors by further considering the distinct user intentions of the adjacent contextually relevant nodes. Extensive experiments on four public datasets with the state-of-the-art baselines demonstrate the effectiveness and general applicability of our method GPG4HSR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecSys '22: Proceedings of the 16th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
EditorsJennifer Golbeck, F. Maxwell Harper, Vanessa Murdock, Michael Ekstrand, Bracha Shapira, Justin Basilico, Keld Lundgaard, Even Oldridge
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450392785
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2022
Event16th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys 2022 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 18 Sept 202223 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of ACM Conference on Recommender Systems


Conference16th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

User-Defined Keywords

  • Behavior Transition
  • Graph Neural Network
  • Sequential Recommendation
  • User Intention


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