Ranking in Generalized Linear Bandits

Published: 23 Dec 2023, Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024EcoSys Workshop OralEveryoneRevisionsBibTeXCC BY 4.0
Keywords: Recommendation systems, ranking, bandit learning, graph theory
TL;DR: We propose a graph theoretical approach for the ranking problem in recommendation systems and use bandit learning to capture item-position dependencies.
Abstract: We study the ranking problem in generalized linear bandits. At each time, the learning agent selects an ordered list of items and observes stochastic outcomes. In recommendation systems, displaying an ordered list of the most attractive items is not always optimal as both position and item dependencies result in a complex reward function. A very naive example is the lack of diversity when all the most attractive items are from the same category. We model the position and item dependencies in the ordered list and design UCB and Thompson Sampling type algorithms for this problem. Our work generalizes existing studies in several directions, including position dependencies where position discount is a particular case, and connecting the ranking problem to graph theory.
Submission Number: 9