Contextual Online Learning for Multimedia Content Aggregation

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Contextual Online Learning for Multimedia Content Aggregation

Contextual Online Learning for Multimedia Content Aggregation

Abstract

Contextual Online Learning for Multimedia Content Aggregation,The last decade has witnessed a tremendous growth in the volume as well as the diversity of multimedia content generated by a multitude of sources (news agencies, social media, etc.). Faced with a variety of content choices, consumers are exhibiting diverse preferences for content; their preferences often depend on the context in which they consume content as well as various exogenous events. To satisfy the consumers’ demand for such diverse content, multimedia content aggregators (CAs) have emerged which gather content from numerous multimedia sources. A key challenge for such systems is to accurately predict what type of content each of its consumers prefers in a certain context, and adapt these predictions to the evolving consumers’ preferences, contexts, and content characteristics . We propose a novel, distributed, online multimedia content aggregation framework, which gathers content generated by multiple heterogeneous producers to fulfill its consumers’ demand for content. Since both the multimedia content characteristics and the consumers’ preferences and contexts are unknown, the optimal content aggregation strategy is unknown a priori. Our proposed content aggregation algorithm is able to learn online what content to gather and how to match content and users by exploiting similarities between consumer types. We prove bounds for our proposed learning algorithms that guarantee both the accuracy of the predictions as well as the learning speed. Importantly, our algorithms operate efficiently even when feedback from consumers is missing or content and preferences evolve over time. Illustrative results highlight the merits of the proposed content aggregation system in a variety of settings

Conclusion

In this Contextual Online Learning for Multimedia Content Aggregation paper we considered novel online learning algorithms for content matching by a distributed set of CAs. We have characterized the relation between the user and content characteristics in terms of a relevance score, and proposed online learning algorithms that learns to match each user with the content with the highest relevance score. When the user and content characteristics are static, the best matching between content and each type of user can be learned perfectly, i.e., the average regret due to suboptimal matching goes to zero. When the user and content characteristics are dynamic, depending on the rate of the change, an approximately optimal matching between content and each user type can be learned. In addition to our theoretical results, we have validated the concept of distributed content matching on real-world datasets.