Specializing Joint Representations for the task of Product Recommendation

Thomas Nedelec, Elena Smirnova, Flavian Vasile

We propose a unified product embedded representation that is optimized for the task of retrieval-based product recommendation. To this end, we introduce a new way to fuse modality-specific product embeddings into a joint product embedding, in order to leverage both product content information, such as textual descriptions and images, and product collaborative filtering signal. By introducing the fusion step at the very end of our architecture, we are able to train each modality separately, allowing us to keep a modular architecture that is preferable in real-world recommendation deployments. We analyze our performance on normal and hard recommendation setups such as cold-start and cross-category recommendations and achieve good performance on a large product shopping dataset.

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