Dynamic Memory based Attention Network for Sequential Recommendation


  • Qiaoyu Tan Texas A&M University
  • Jianwei Zhang Alibaba Group
  • Ninghao Liu Texas A&M University
  • Xiao Huang The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hongxia Yang Alibaba Group
  • Jingren Zhou Alibaba Group
  • Xia Hu Texas A&M University




Recommender Systems & Collaborative Filtering


Sequential recommendation has become increasingly essential in various online services. It aims to model the dynamic preferences of users from their historical interactions and predict their next items. The accumulated user behavior records on real systems could be very long. This rich data brings opportunities to track actual interests of users. Prior efforts mainly focus on making recommendations based on relatively recent behaviors. However, the overall sequential data may not be effectively utilized, as early interactions might affect users' current choices. Also, it has become intolerable to scan the entire behavior sequence when performing inference for each user, since real-world system requires short response time. To bridge the gap, we propose a novel long sequential recommendation model, called Dynamic Memory-based Attention Network (DMAN). It segments the overall long behavior sequence into a series of sub-sequences, then trains the model and maintains a set of memory blocks to preserve long-term interests of users. To improve memory fidelity, DMAN dynamically abstracts each user's long-term interest into its own memory blocks by minimizing an auxiliary reconstruction loss. Based on the dynamic memory, the user's short-term and long-term interests can be explicitly extracted and combined for efficient joint recommendation. Empirical results over four benchmark datasets demonstrate the superiority of our model in capturing long-term dependency over various state-of-the-art sequential models.




How to Cite

Tan, Q., Zhang, J., Liu, N., Huang, X., Yang, H., Zhou, J., & Hu, X. (2021). Dynamic Memory based Attention Network for Sequential Recommendation. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 35(5), 4384-4392. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v35i5.16564



AAAI Technical Track on Data Mining and Knowledge Management