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A Hybrid Approach to Preference Learning with Interaction Terms


Preference learning is an essential component in numerous applications, such as recommendation systems, decision-making processes, and personalized services. We propose here a novel approach to preference learning that interleaves Gaussian Processes (GP) and Robust Ordinal Regression (ROR). A Gaussian process gives a probability distribution on the latent function values that generate users’ preferences. Our method extends the traditional non-parametric Gaussian process framework by approximating the latent function by a very flexible parameterized function, that we call θ-additive function, where θ is the parameter set. The set θ reflects the degree of sophistication of the generalized additive model that can potentially represent the user’s preferences. To learn what are the components of θ, we update a probability distribution on the space of all possible sets θ, depending on the ability of the parameterized function to approximate the latent function. We predict pairwise preferences by using the parameter set θ that maximizes the posterior distribution and by performing robust ordinal regression based on this parameter set. Experimental results on synthetic data demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of our proposed methodology.

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hal-04232730 , version 1 (09-10-2023)



Hugo Gilbert, Mohamed Ouaguenouni, Meltem Öztürk, Olivier Spanjaard. A Hybrid Approach to Preference Learning with Interaction Terms. 26th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence ECAI 2023, Sep 2023, Krakow (Cracovie), Poland. pp.835-842, ⟨10.3233/FAIA230351⟩. ⟨hal-04232730⟩
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