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Building a Recommendation System with R

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Building a Recommendation System with R

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Building a Recommendation System with R
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Identifying the most suitable model

The previous chapter showed you how to evaluate a model. The performance indices are useful to compare different models and/or parameters. Applying different techniques on the same data, we can compare a performance index to pick the most appropriate recommender. Since there are different evaluation metrics, there is no objective way to do it.

The starting point is the k-fold evaluation framework that we defined in the previous section. It is stored inside eval_sets.

Comparing models

In order to compare different models, we first need to define them. Each model is stored in a list with its name and parameters. The components of the list are as follows:

  • name: This is the model name.

  • param: This is a list with its parameters. It can be NULL, if all the parameters are left at their defaults.

For instance, that's how we can define an item-based collaborative filtering by setting the k parameter to 20:

list(name = "IBCF", param = list(k = 20))

In order to evaluate...