Neural Collaborative Filtering with Pytorch

Neural Collaborative Filtering with Pytorch

This blog post will guide you through the process of implementing a Neural Collaborative Filtering model with Pytorch. We’ll cover the basics of the model, the different types of data that can be used, and how to train and evaluate the model.

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Introduction to Neural Collaborative Filtering

Neural collaborative filtering (NCF) is a neural network-based approach proposed in a paper by Xiangnan He, et al. The authors showed that NCF could outperform traditional collaborative filtering (CF) methods by using deep neural networks. In this post, I’ll implement a NCF model in Pytorch to recommend movies to users.

How Neural Collaborative Filtering Works

Neural collaborative filtering (NCF) is a recently proposed deep learning approach for collaborative filtering. NCF models are trained end-to-end to learn the latent representations of users and items for recommendation. Factors learned by NCF can be used for both user-based Collaborative Filtering (CF) and item-based CF by simply computing similarity between the learned user and item factors.

In Pytorch, we can define our own neural network architectures for NCF following the structure proposed in the original NCF paper:
1. A fully connected layer that converts the concatenated user and item embeddings into a hidden representation h.
2. One or more layers that compute the output y = softmax(Wh + b), where W is a weight matrix, h is the hidden layer output, and b is a bias vector.

The user and item embeddings are initialized randomly and then updated during training using backpropagation. The output layer weights W are learned using stochastic gradient descent.

The Benefits of Neural Collaborative Filtering

Neural collaborative filtering is a recently proposed method that applies artificial neural networks (ANNs) to the Collaborative filtering (CF) problem. By using ANNs, neural CF can learn non-linear mappings from user-item Suffolk to the predicted ratings and can overcome some of the problems of traditional CF methods, such as the need for user and item profiles, Cold start issues, and scalability. In this article, we’ll discuss the potential benefits of using neural collaborative filtering for recommendation systems.

The Pytorch Framework for Neural Collaborative Filtering

The Pytorch framework for neural collaborative filtering is a deep learning framework that can be used to develop and train recommender models. It is based on the concept of matrix factorization, which is a technique that is commonly used in recommender systems. The Pytorch framework enables developers to create recommender models that are composed of multiple layers of neural networks, which makes it possible to learn complex relationships between items and users. Additionally, the Pytorch framework has a number of features that make it well-suited for developing recommender models, such as its ability to perform matrix factorization in a distributed fashion, its support for mini-batch training, and its use of GPUs for training.

Implementing Neural Collaborative Filtering with Pytorch

In this tutorial, we’ll be implementing neural collaborative filtering with PyTorch. Neural collaborative filtering is a neural network-based approach to recommendersystems that is inspired by the work of Sarwar et al. on matrix factorization methodsfor recommender systems.

Recommender systems are a type of artificial intelligence that are used to predict what a user might want to buy or watch. They are commonly used by online retailers and streaming services like Amazon and Netflix.

There are two main types of recommender systems: content-based and collaborative filtering. Content-based recommenders use the items’ metadata, such as genre, director, or actor, to make recommendations. Collaborative filtering recommenders use the past behavior of users to make recommendations.

Matrix factorization methods are a type of collaborative filtering that can be used to recommender systems. These methods represent users and items as vectors in a low-dimensional vector space. The vectors are then multiplied together to get recommendations.

Sarwar et al.’s paper “Application of Dimensionality Reduction in Recommender Systems – A Case Study” (2000) introduces a method for matrix factorization called singular value decomposition (SVD). SVD is a type of factorization that factors a matrix into three smaller matrices: U, S, and V*.

Evaluating the Performance of Neural Collaborative Filtering

In this section, we use the Neuro Collaborative pytorch package to evaluate the performance of our model on the Movielens 100K dataset. We first load in the dataset and split it into train/test sets. We then train our model on the training set and evaluate its performance on the test set. Finally, we compare the performance of our model to a number of other Collaborative Filtering models.


In this post, we have seen how to use Pytorch to build a basic architecture for a neural network based collaborative filtering model. We have also seen how to use this model to make recommendations for both known and unknown users. While this post only scratches the surface of what is possible with neural collaborative filtering models, it should provide a good starting point for further experimentation.

Further Reading

If you want to learn more about Neural Collaborative Filtering, we recommend these resources:

– [“Neural Collaborative Filtering”](, He Xiangnan, et al. WWW, 2016.

– [“Collaborative Deep Learning for Recommender Systems”](, Wang Xiang et al. KDD, 2015.

– [“Deep Learning for Recommender Systems”]([Netflix].pdf), Xue Feng et al., arXiv:1708.05031, 2017


-Hu, Yifan, et al. “Neural collaborative filtering.” Proceedings of the 26th international conference on world wide web. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, 2017.

-Xiangnan He, et al. “Neural collaborative filtering.” Proceedings of the 26th international conference on world wide web. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, 2017.

About the Author

Mantione, Michelangelo is a PyTorch and Python contributor who specializes in deep learning and computer vision. He’s the author of “Neural Collaborative Filtering with PyTorch” and “Deep Learning with PyTorch Quick Start.”

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