Recommendation services are extensively adopted in several user-centered applications as a tool to alleviate the information overload problem and help users in orienteering in a vast space of possible choices. In such scenarios, data ownership is a crucial concern since users may not be willing to share their sensitive preferences (e.g., visited locations) with a central server. Unfortunately, data harvesting and collection is at the basis of modern, state-of-the-art approaches to recommendation. To address this issue, we present FPL, an architecture in which users collaborate in training a central factorization model while controlling the amount of sensitive data leaving their devices. The proposed approach implements pair-wise learning-to-rank optimization by following the Federated Learning principles, originally conceived to mitigate the privacy risks of traditional machine learning. The public implementation is available at https://split.to/sisinflab-fpl.

How to put users in control of their data in federated top-N recommendation with learning to rank

Vito Walter Anelli;Yashar Deldjoo;Tommaso Di Noia;Antonio Ferrara;Fedelucio Narducci
2021-01-01

Abstract

Recommendation services are extensively adopted in several user-centered applications as a tool to alleviate the information overload problem and help users in orienteering in a vast space of possible choices. In such scenarios, data ownership is a crucial concern since users may not be willing to share their sensitive preferences (e.g., visited locations) with a central server. Unfortunately, data harvesting and collection is at the basis of modern, state-of-the-art approaches to recommendation. To address this issue, we present FPL, an architecture in which users collaborate in training a central factorization model while controlling the amount of sensitive data leaving their devices. The proposed approach implements pair-wise learning-to-rank optimization by following the Federated Learning principles, originally conceived to mitigate the privacy risks of traditional machine learning. The public implementation is available at https://split.to/sisinflab-fpl.
2021
36th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2021
978-1-4503-8104-8
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