A User-Adaptive Layer Selection Framework for Very Deep Sequential Recommender Models
Keywords:Recommender Systems & Collaborative Filtering
AbstractSequential recommender systems (SRS) have become a research hotspot in recent studies. Because of the requirement in capturing user's dynamic interests, sequential neural network based recommender models often need to be stacked with more hidden layers (e.g., up to 100 layers) compared with standard collaborative filtering methods. However, the high network latency has become the main obstacle when deploying very deep recommender models into a production environment. In this paper, we argue that the typical prediction framework that treats all users equally during the inference phase is inefficient in running time, as well as sub-optimal in accuracy. To resolve such an issue, we present SkipRec, an adaptive inference framework by learning to skip inactive hidden layers on a per-user basis. Specifically, we devise a policy network to automatically determine which layers should be retained and which layers are allowed to be skipped, so as to achieve user-specific decisions. To derive the optimal skipping policy, we propose using gumbel softmax and reinforcement learning to solve the non-differentiable problem during backpropagation. We perform extensive experiments on three real-world recommendation datasets, and demonstrate that SkipRec attains comparable or better accuracy with much less inference time.
How to Cite
Chen, L., Yuan, F., Yang, J., Ao, X., Li, C., & Yang, M. (2021). A User-Adaptive Layer Selection Framework for Very Deep Sequential Recommender Models. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 35(5), 3984-3991. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v35i5.16518
AAAI Technical Track on Data Mining and Knowledge Management