Dmitrii Moor, Yi Yuan, Rishabh Mehrotra, Zhenwen Dai, Mounia Lalmas
Unbiased Identification of Broadly Appealing Content Using a Pure Exploration Infinitely-Armed Bandit Strategy
Podcasting is an increasingly popular medium for entertainment and discourse around the world, with tens of thousands of new podcasts released on a monthly basis. We consider the problem of identifying from these newly-released podcasts those with the largest potential audiences so they can be considered for personalized recommendation to users. We first study and then discard a supervised approach due to the inadequacy of either content or consumption features for this task, and instead propose a novel non-contextual bandit algorithm in the fixed-budget infinitely-armed pure-exploration setting. We demonstrate that our algorithm is well-suited to the best-arm identification task for a broad class of arm reservoir distributions, out-competing a large number of state-of-the-art algorithms. We then apply the algorithm to identifying podcasts with broad appeal in a simulated study, and show that it efficiently sorts podcasts into groups by increasing appeal while avoiding the popularity bias inherent in supervised approaches. Finally, we study a setting in which users are more likely to stream more-streamed podcasts independent of their general appeal and find that our proposed algorithm is robust to this type of popularity bias.
Enrico Palumbo, Andreas Damianou, Alice Wang, Alva Liu, Ghazal Fazelnia, Francesco Fabbri, Rui Ferreira, Fabrizio Silvestri, Hugues Bouchard, Claudia Hauff, Mounia Lalmas, Ben Carterette, Praveen Chandar, David Nyhan
Buket Baran, Guilherme Dinis Junior, Antonina Danylenko, Olayinka S. Folorunso, Gösta Forsum, Maksym Lefarov, Lucas Maystre, Yu Zhao