AI based Book Recommender System with Hybrid Approach

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AI based Book Recommender System with Hybrid Approach

Mercy Milcah Y

Computer Science and Engineering Jansons Institute of Technology Coimbatore, India

Abstract In recent years, recommender systems have become increasingly popular and are applied to a diverse range of applications, due to development of items and its various types available, that leaves the users to choose from abundant provided options. Recommendations typically speed up searches and make it easier for users to access content that they are interested in, and also surprise them with offers they would have never searched for. By using filtering methods for pre-processing the data, recommendations are provided either through collaborative filtering or through content-based filtering. In this paper, we demonstrate a recommendation model that involves Matrix Factorization as a collaborative filtering solution used for providing recommendations. And with further application of artificial intelligence over the previously obtained results from collaborative filtering, the final precise list of top recommended items is listed for the user thereby using a hybrid approach in recommendation. Thus, the recommender model provides personalised recommendations.

KeywordsRecommendation, filtering, matrix factorization, artificial intelligence, hybrid approach


    Recommender Systems are software tools and techniques of machine learning that provides suggestions for items to an individual user. Recommender systems enable an improved access to relevant products and information by making personalized suggestions based on the examples of a similar users likes and dislikes. Recommendation systems emerge into intelligent algorithms, which can generate results in the form of recommendations to the users. The popular suggestions are related to various decision-making processes, such as what items to buy, what music to listen to, or what online news to read. Whatever the system suggests the user, is termed as, the item. A system normally focuses on a specific type of item, say product or utility range and accordingly its design, its graphical user interface, and the core recommendation technique used to provide the recommendations are all trained to generate useful and effective suggestions for that unique type of item.

    Recommendation systems are initially directed towards individuals who lack sufficient personal experience to evaluate the overwhelming number of alternative items that a resource might offer.

    Moorthi K

    Computer Science and Engineering Jansons Institute of Technology Coimbatore, India

    We consider a case, specifically a book recommendation system (RS) that assists users to select a suitable book to read. A popular Web site,, employs a RS to personalize the online store for each customer [15]. Recommendations are usually personalized where, varying individual users and user groups receive diverse suggestions.

    Additionally non-personalized recommendations are also provided which are much simpler to generate with typical examples that include the top ten selections of books, CDs etc, and are normally featured in magazines or newspapers. While being useful and effective in certain situations, these non- personalized recommendations are not usually addressed by RS research, whereas personalized recommendations are offered as ranked lists of items. In performing this ranking, the system tries to predict the most suitable products or services for the user based on each persons preferences and constraints. In order to complete such a computational task, the system collects preferences from the users, which can be explicitly expressed, such as ratings for products in our case, books or inferred by interpreting user actions. For instance, according to the user preference for items shown on the main page, a recommender system may consider the navigating to a particular product page consequently.

    1. Recommendation Systems

      Recommendations typically speed up searches thereby making it easier for users to access content that they are interested in, and surprise them with offers they would have never searched for. Recommender systems in recent years have become extremely common and are applied in a variety of popular applications. The most famous ones are probably movies, music, news, books and products in general. Over the years, collaborative filtering had emerged as the most prominent approach for recommendations. There has been an explosion of methods that are introduced in the area of recommendations, in the recent years. Moreover, the development of recommender systems has also increased the complexity of the modern systems when compared to the traditional or basic systems that utilize methods such as collaboration and content based filtering.

    2. Types of RS

      There are mainly six types of recommender systems that are used by the user friendly resources or websites. They are Collaborative Recommender system, Content-based recommender system, Demographic based recommender system, Utility based recommender system, Knowledge based recommender system and Hybrid recommender systems.

      Collaborative Recommender System

      This is the most desired type of RS, being widely implemented and one of the most mature technologies that is available in the market. Collaborative recommender systems generate new recommendations based on inter-user comparisons considering the ratings and recognize commonalities between various users, on the basis of their ratings and precisions. The greatest ability of collaborative techniques is that they are completely independent of any machine-readable representation of the objects that are being recommended and they also work acceptably well for complex objects in which variations in taste are responsible for the variation in preferences. Collaborative filtering performs based on the assumption that people who liked a product in the past will like in the future and that they will agree similar kind of objects as they liked in the past.

      Content based Recommender System

      Content based RS mainly is classified as an outgrowth and continuation of information filtering research. In this system, the objects are mainly defined by the products associated features. A content-based recommender system collects and learns the profile of a new users interests based on the features present in objects the user has rated. This is basically a keyword specific recommender system where keywords are used in describing the items. Thus, in a content- based recommender system the algorithms used are such that it recommends users with items similar to the ones liked by the user in the past or is examining currently.

      Demographic based Recommender System

      This system aims in categorizing the users based on attributes and provide recommendations based on demographic classes. Many industries have taken this kind of approach as it is not very complex and is easy to implement. In Demographic- based recommender system the algorithms first need a proper market research in the specified region accompanied with a short survey to gather data for categorization. Demographic techniques form people-to-people correlations like collaborative ones, but here, they use different data. The major benefit of a demographic approach is that it does not require any user ratings like that in collaborative and content based recommender systems.

      Utility based Recommender System

      Utility based RS will make suggestions based on computation of the utility of each object for the user. Evidently, the central problem for this type of sstem is that

      how can a utility be created for individual users. In a utility based system, every industry will have a unique technology to create a user specific utility function and apply it to the objects under consideration. The main advantage of using a utility based recommender system is that it can work with non- product attributes, such as vendor reliability and product availability, while computing utility. By this, it possible to check for real time inventory of the object and then display it to the user.

      Knowledge based Recommender System

      Knowledge based RS attempts to suggest objects based on inferences about a users needs and preferences. Knowledge based recommendation works on functional knowledge, where they have knowledge about how a particular item meets a particular user need, and can therefore explain the relationship between a need and a possible recommendation.

      Hybrid Recommender System

      Combining any of the two types of recommender systems, in a manner that suits a particular industry is known as Hybrid Recommender system. This is the most demanded Recommender system that many companies and resources look after, as it combines the strengths of more than two Recommender systems and also eliminates the weaknesses which exist when only one recommender system is used.

    3. Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is the evolving technology that provides the machines the ability to execute the tasks as humans, who are intelligent beings. Despite the fact that computing speed and storage are being developed, the advances will be no match to human intelligence and simple knowledge that is used in our everyday affairs.

    Fig. 1. Evolution of Artificial Intelligence

    The technology lets a computer to learn from experience thereby becoming flexible to new inputs, perform reasoning

    and also problem solving potential. The computers are trained to recognize patterns through deep learning and (NLP) Natural Language Processing (Fig.1). There are three major tasks achieved by AI: Learning, Reasoning, Problem Solving


    AI programming focuses on turning data into useful information by obtaining data and designing rules accordingly. For Artificial Intelligence (AI), there are various forms of learning. The simplest among the forms are, learning through trial and error. The action of memorizing discrete items and procedures is called, rote learning, which is relatively easy in implementing onto a computer [13].


    The task of reasoning performed by the system is to choose the most appropriate algorithm that will provide the desired outcome. The form of reasoning is the intellectual process where, logical conclusions are derived and predictions are made from the available beliefs, knowledge andfacts.

    Some of the types of reasoning are, Deductive reasoning, Inductive reasoning, Abductive reasoning, Common Sense Reasoning, Monotonic Reasoning and Non-monotonic Reasoning

    Problem Solving

    Problem solving in computer science and programmable artificial intelligence, covers a range of techniques namely algorithms, heuristics, root cause analysis, etc.


    The paper [1] by Dheeraj Bokde, et al, discusses various factorization models such as Singular Value Decomposition (SVD), Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Probabilistic Matrix Factorization (PMF). They attempt to present a comprehensive survey constituting Matrix Factorization model like SVD so as to address the challenges of Collaborative Filtering algorithms, which can be served as a road map for research and to practice in that specific area.

    Aditya Krishna Menon and Charles Elkan in their research [2], propose to solve the link prediction problem in graphs using a supervised matrix factorization approach. The model learns about the latent features from the topological structure of a (possibly directed) graph, and is proved to make better predictions than popular unsupervised scores. They show how these latent features may be combined with optional explicit features for nodes or edges that yield better performance than using either type of feature exclusively. Finally, a novel approach is put forward to address the class imbalance problem which is common in link prediction by directly optimizing for a ranking loss. The model has been optimized with stochastic gradient descent and scales to large graphs.

    Yu Wang et al, in their work [3], they propose a two-way multinomial logistic model for recommender systems for categorical ratings. Specifically, as we are treating the

    possible ratings as mutually exclusive events, whose probability is determined just by the latent factor of the users and the items through a two-way multinomial logistic function. This proposed method has a compatibility with categorical ratings and the advantage of incorporating both the covariate information and the latent factors of the users and items uniformly.

    Ruiqin Wang et al, [4] discuss about Collaborative Filtering (CF) algorithms that have been widely used to provide personalized recommendations in e-commerce websites and social network applications and Among which, Matrix Factorization (MF) is one of the most popular and efficient techniques. However, most MF-based recommender models rely only on the past transaction information of users, hence there is inevitably a data sparsity problem. So they propose a novel recommender model based on matrix factorization and semantic similarity measure. Initially, a new semantic similarity measure is created based on the semantic information in the Linked Open Data (LOD) knowledge base, which is a hybrid measure that is based on feature and distancemetrics.

    Ritu Rani et al, in their paper [5], variety of algorithms such as k-mean clustering, collaborative filtering are used for the information suggestion. With the increase in demand of items amongst customer the growth is enhanced in information technology and ecommerce websites. The proposed algorithm mainly involves K-mean clustering and CF, as they first explain about this involved algorithm and then describe the specific purpose of the used algorithm in theirstudy.

    In their paper, Rupali Hande et al, [6] a movie recommender system is proposed called, MovieMender. The objective of MovieMender is to provide accurate movie recommendations to users. Usually the basic recommender systems consider any one of the following factors for generating recommendations; the preference or rating of a user (i.e. content based filtering) or the preference of similar users (i.e. collaborative filtering). To build a stable and accurate recommender system a hybrid system of content based filtering as well as collaborative filtering was being used.

    Aditya G. Tate et al, in their paper [7] present a book recommender system that mines frequently hidden and useful patterns from the data in book library records and make recommendations based on the pattern that is generated using associated rule mining technique.

    The paper [8] by Ms. Sushama Rajpurkar et al put forward a book recommendation system based on the combined features of content filtering, collaborative filtering and association rule mining respectively. This book recommendation has considered many parameters such as content of the book and quality of the book, by applying collaborative filtering. This recommender system also uses associative model to give stronger recommendations. This system does not have performance problem since it built the recommendations offline.

    This literature review [9] provides development level of the

    hybrid recommender systems of the past few years. Being the first review work that is quantitative, focusing on hybrid recommenders it addresses the most relevant problems considered and present the associated data mining and recommendation techniques used to overcome them. The research explores the hybridization classes where every hybrid recommender belongs to application domains, the evalation and the proposed future research ideas. Based on their findings, most studies combine collaborative filtering with another technique . Besides cold-start and data scarcity as the two traditional , top problems, newer challenges are identified responding to the variation of user context, increasing user tastes and cross-domain recommendations. Hybrid recommenders represent a good basis to respond according to opportunities such as contextualizing recommendations, with parallel hybrid algorithms, processing larger datasets.

    This paper [10] shows how the idea of general objectivity is used to improve behavioural science measurement, particularly as it applies to the Lexile Framework, a tool for objectively measuring reading comprehension. It begins with a dialogue between a physicist and a psychometrician that details some of the differences between physical science and behavioral science measurement. This definition of measurement is formalized in an equation that turns out to be the Rasch model, with the important difference that indicant calibrations are obtained via theory, not data. The paper then examines the differences between local objectivity obtained with the Rasch model and general objectivity obtained with its theory-enhanced version. Later, it reports on a study of reading comprehension measurement that implemented the concept of general objectivity through the development of the Lexile Framework. Consequently, it summarizes the several benefits of the objective measurement and general objectivity as they might be realized more in the measurement of constructs than reading comprehension.

    In [11], the paper proposes Composite Search, a new algorithm that combines a few filtering algorithms and presents a precise result, eliminating the limitations of other algorithms. The approach that processes data is presented and filtered result is provided.


    1. Collaborative filtering method

      The usual method analyzes the nature of each item. In our case, recommending books to a user by performing Natural Language Processing on the content of each book. Collaborative Filtering, on the other hand, does not require any information about the items or the users themselves. It recommends books based on users past behaviour. Among the various types of collaborative filtering techniques, this system uses model-based method. An efficient model-based CF method is matrix factorization.

      Matrix Factorization

      Book recommendation system has been developed at a great rate due to the emerging web technology and library modernization. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate

      the development of book recommendation systems through the usage of Matrix Factorization. Recommender systems typically produce a list of recommendations either through collaborative filtering or through content-based filtering. Matrix Factorization is a collaborative filtering solution for recommendations. Using the data set of user-item pairings, one can create a matrix (Fig.2) such that all rows represent different users, all columns represent different items, and each entry at location (i, j) in the matrix represents user is rating for item j.

      Fig. 2. User-Item Factorization Matrices

      When these two separate matrices are created, they each carry separate information about users, items, and the relationships between them. Precisely, one of the matrices will store information that characterizes users, while the other will store information about the items. Using common training methods, these two matrices, and the embedding vectors within them, can be trained to yield a product that is very similar to the original user-item matrix, thus creating an accurate recommendation model. In recent years, matrix factorization has become increasingly popular due to its accuracy and scalability.

    2. Content-Based Filtering (AI Technique)

    Another important method used in the process model involves artificial intelligence (AI), belonging to content- based filtering. AI is proved to work successfully in recommender systems [12]. The resultant products from matrix factorization, the method of collaborative filtering are utilized to apply the Artificial Intelligence based method of lexile level measurement.

    Lexile Scale Measurement

    The considered books are checked for its lexile level, using lexile framework for reading. The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement. There are two Lexile measures: the Lexile reader measure and the Lexile text measure. A Lexile reader measure represents a persons reading ability on the Lexile scale. A Lexile text measure represents a texts difficulty level on the Lexile scale. When used together, they can help a reader choose a book or other reading material that is at anappropriate difficulty level.

    Hence, the lexile measures are included in the system in order to recommend books with similar text toughness level, for the books that are chosen by user.


    We use a book recommender system for this specific research. The book recommendation consists of a model that involves three major phases or steps in its process of getting the input from the user and using the book information stored in the database, to provide the desired result as output, which is the final recommended book-list for every individual user of the system. The three phases are namely; Information collection, learning and prediction or final recommendation phase (Fig.3).

    Fig. 3. Process Model

    1. Information collection phase

      The initial process of data collection is performed where, the user details are collected. Details include the user profile data of each individual in order to provide personal recommendations. Every user has to create a simple profile in order to login to the system. The user is asked for the profile name, email id, age, and country in order to be used for providing a more personal set of recommendations with best matching books. The other important information to be collected from the user should include the reviews marked by the user for the viewed and read books. As it is really essential in knowing the reading taste of every individual user.

      The collected review will be used further in listing a set of similar and favorable books for that reader.

      With this set of information, a matrix made of user-item pairings is created, one can create a matrix (Fig.4) such that all rows represent different users, all columns represent different items, and each entry at location (i, j) in the matrix represents user i s rating for item j.

      Fig. 4. Matrix Formula

    2. Learning Phase

      AI empowered technique of lexile scaling is used, where the lexile score for reading is measured for each book. Thus making the model a hybrid recommender system.

      Fig. 5. The Learning Phase

    3. Prediction or Recommending Phase

    For further results, we use an effective prediction formula (Fig.6) with which books that are not rated and reviewed by a user will be predicted ratings accordingly. By this prediction of rating for users unrated books, the list of top most rated books are recommended to that user as aresult.

    We compare two books i and j , in order to measure the similarity between them. The book that has been rated already by a user x is considered to be book j. The books that are not yet been rated by user is considered to be i. With N, taken as the set of similar books to the specific book i.

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    After the required details are collected from the user as input to the system, the learning phase (Fig.5) begins by using several efficient methods. The users interests are known to the system and similar interests are matched to improve the efficiency. Through collaborative filtering a matrix is formed where, for every user the specific rating for each viewed book is arranged in that matrix respectively.

    Later, the top n recommended books are derived and applied the context based filtering. For this step specifically, an

    Fig. 6. Formula for Prediction

    With the two matrices sij and rxj , the prediction formula is applied after which ratings for other similar books are predicted and there which top rated book list is recommended.

    It is now that, the lexile score for each book is considered. According to the score of a book, two or more books are

    recommended where, the books possess same lexile score denoting similar text difficulty rate. The recommended books also are with context similar to the considered specific book.


    This book recommendation uses one of the filtering techniques known as collaborative filtering (CF) and content- based filtering, making the system a hybrid recommender system. The first method we consider is the collaborative filtering under which, is a model base CF method called matrix factorization that is mainly used in this system to provide a personalised recommendation. Thus as a result (Fig.7), a list of books that are not yet visited or viewed by a specific user is predicted.

    Fig. 7. Final Recommendation Overview

    Initially, the respective rating values are presented to the reader as the recommended set of books. Next is where, each of the books in the top n(here, 5 is considered as n) book- list is known of its lexile score for reading where, the books with context similarity is listed. Accordingly, two or more books with similar context and lexile measurement is identified relatively. And this step does not require the ratings and reviews. Consequently, a list of efficient and closely relating books of favour is provided for each user. This hybrid recommendation technology used has thus proved to be effective in suggestions, and useful in providing personalized recommendations. This system can be used in websites and book stores to be applied for user interaction and service providence.


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