Basic and Utility Algorithms¶
The lenskit.algorithms.basic
module contains baseline and utility algorithms
for nonpersonalized recommendation and testing.
Personalized Mean Rating Prediction¶

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
Bias
(items=True, users=True, damping=0.0)¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.Predictor
A useritem bias rating prediction algorithm. This implements the following predictor algorithm:
\[s(u,i) = \mu + b_i + b_u\]where \(\mu\) is the global mean rating, \(b_i\) is item bias, and \(b_u\) is the user bias. With the provided damping values \(\beta_{\mathrm{u}}\) and \(\beta_{\mathrm{i}}\), they are computed as follows:
\[\begin{align*} \mu & = \frac{\sum_{r_{ui} \in R} r_{ui}}{R} & b_i & = \frac{\sum_{r_{ui} \in R_i} (r_{ui}  \mu)}{R_i + \beta_{\mathrm{i}}} & b_u & = \frac{\sum_{r_{ui} \in R_u} (r_{ui}  \mu  b_i)}{R_u + \beta_{\mathrm{u}}} \end{align*}\]The damping values can be interpreted as the number of default (mean) ratings to assume a priori for each user or item, damping lowinformation users and items towards a mean instead of permitting them to take on extreme values based on few ratings.
 Parameters
items – whether to compute item biases
users – whether to compute user biases
damping (number or tuple) – Bayesian damping to apply to computed biases. Either a number, to damp both user and item biases the same amount, or a (user,item) tuple providing separate damping values.

mean_
¶ The global mean rating.
 Type
double

item_offsets_
¶ The item offsets (\(b_i\) values)
 Type

user_offsets_
¶ The item offsets (\(b_u\) values)
 Type

fit
(ratings, **kwargs)¶ Train the bias model on some rating data.
 Parameters
ratings (DataFrame) – a data frame of ratings. Must have at least user, item, and rating columns.
 Returns
the fit bias object.
 Return type

predict_for_user
(user, items, ratings=None)¶ Compute predictions for a user and items. Unknown users and items are assumed to have zero bias.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
items (arraylike) – the items to predict
ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, will be used to recompute the user’s bias at prediction time.
 Returns
scores for the items, indexed by item id.
 Return type
Most Popular Item Recommendation¶
The Popular
algorithm implements mostpopularitem recommendation.

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
Popular
(selector=None)¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.Recommender
Recommend the most popular items.
 Parameters
selector (CandidateSelector) – The candidate selector to use. If
None
, uses a newUnratedItemCandidateSelector
.

fit
(ratings, **kwargs)¶ Train a model using the specified ratings (or similar) data.
 Parameters
ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – The ratings data.
kwargs – Additional training data the algorithm may require. Algorithms should avoid using the same keyword arguments for different purposes, so that they can be more easily hybridized.
 Returns
The algorithm object.

recommend
(user, n=None, candidates=None, ratings=None)¶ Compute recommendations for a user.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
n (int) – the number of recommendations to produce (
None
for unlimited)candidates (arraylike) – The set of valid candidate items; if
None
, a default set will be used. For many algorithms, this is theirCandidateSelector
.ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, they may be used to override or augment the model’s notion of a user’s preferences.
 Returns
a frame with an
item
column; if the recommender also produces scores, they will be in ascore
column. Return type
Random Item Recommendation¶
The Random
algorithm implements randomitem recommendation.

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
Random
(selector=None, random_state=None)¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.Recommender
A randomitem recommender.

selector
¶ Selects candidate items for recommendation. Default is
UnratedItemCandidateSelector
. Type

random_state
¶ Seed or random state for generating recommendations.
 Type
int or numpy.random.RandomState

fit
(ratings, **kwargs)¶ Train a model using the specified ratings (or similar) data.
 Parameters
ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – The ratings data.
kwargs – Additional training data the algorithm may require. Algorithms should avoid using the same keyword arguments for different purposes, so that they can be more easily hybridized.
 Returns
The algorithm object.

recommend
(user, n=None, candidates=None, ratings=None)¶ Compute recommendations for a user.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
n (int) – the number of recommendations to produce (
None
for unlimited)candidates (arraylike) – The set of valid candidate items; if
None
, a default set will be used. For many algorithms, this is theirCandidateSelector
.ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, they may be used to override or augment the model’s notion of a user’s preferences.
 Returns
a frame with an
item
column; if the recommender also produces scores, they will be in ascore
column. Return type

TopN Recommender¶
The TopN
class implements a standard topN recommender that wraps a
Predictor
and CandidateSelector
and returns the top N
candidate items by predicted rating. It is the type of recommender returned by
Recommender.adapt()
if the provided algorithm is not a recommender.

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
TopN
(predictor, selector=None)¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.Recommender
,lenskit.algorithms.Predictor
Basic recommender that implements topN recommendation using a predictor.
Note
This class does not do anything of its own in
fit()
. If its predictor and candidate selector are both fit, the topN recommender does not need to be fit. Parameters
predictor (Predictor) – The underlying predictor.
selector (CandidateSelector) – The candidate selector. If
None
, usesUnratedItemCandidateSelector
.

fit
(ratings, **kwargs)¶ Fit the recommender.
 Parameters
ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – The rating or interaction data. Passed changed to the predictor and candidate selector.
kwargs (args,) – Additional arguments for the predictor to use in its training process.

predict
(pairs, ratings=None)¶ Compute predictions for useritem pairs. This method is designed to be compatible with the general SciKit paradigm; applications typically want to use
predict_for_user()
. Parameters
pairs (pandas.DataFrame) – The useritem pairs, as
user
anditem
columns.ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – useritem rating data to replace memorized data.
 Returns
The predicted scores for each useritem pair.
 Return type

predict_for_user
(user, items, ratings=None)¶ Compute predictions for a user and items.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
items (arraylike) – the items to predict
ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, they may be used to override or augment the model’s notion of a user’s preferences.
 Returns
scores for the items, indexed by item id.
 Return type

recommend
(user, n=None, candidates=None, ratings=None)¶ Compute recommendations for a user.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
n (int) – the number of recommendations to produce (
None
for unlimited)candidates (arraylike) – The set of valid candidate items; if
None
, a default set will be used. For many algorithms, this is theirCandidateSelector
.ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, they may be used to override or augment the model’s notion of a user’s preferences.
 Returns
a frame with an
item
column; if the recommender also produces scores, they will be in ascore
column. Return type
Unrated Item Candidate Selector¶
UnratedItemCandidateSelector
is a candidate selector that remembers items
users have rated, and returns a candidate set consisting of all unrated items. It is the
default candidate selector for TopN
.

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
UnratedItemCandidateSelector
¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.CandidateSelector
CandidateSelector
that selects items a user has not rated as candidates. When this selector is fit, it memorizes the rated items.
items_
¶ All known items.
 Type

users_
¶ All known users.
 Type

candidates
(user, ratings=None)¶ Select candidates for the user.
 Parameters
user – The user key or ID.
ratings (pandas.Series or arraylike) – Ratings or items to use instead of whatever ratings were memorized for this user. If a
pandas.Series
, the series index is used; if it is another arraylike it is assumed to be an array of items.

fit
(ratings, **kwargs)¶ Train a model using the specified ratings (or similar) data.
 Parameters
ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – The ratings data.
kwargs – Additional training data the algorithm may require. Algorithms should avoid using the same keyword arguments for different purposes, so that they can be more easily hybridized.
 Returns
The algorithm object.

Fallback Predictor¶
The Fallback
rating predictor is a simple hybrid that takes a list of composite algorithms,
and uses the first one to return a result to predict the rating for each item.
A common case is to fill in with Bias
when a primary predictor cannot score an item.

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
Fallback
(algorithms, *others)¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.Predictor
The Fallback algorithm predicts with its first component, uses the second to fill in missing values, and so forth.

fit
(ratings, **kwargs)¶ Train a model using the specified ratings (or similar) data.
 Parameters
ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – The ratings data.
kwargs – Additional training data the algorithm may require. Algorithms should avoid using the same keyword arguments for different purposes, so that they can be more easily hybridized.
 Returns
The algorithm object.

predict_for_user
(user, items, ratings=None)¶ Compute predictions for a user and items.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
items (arraylike) – the items to predict
ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, they may be used to override or augment the model’s notion of a user’s preferences.
 Returns
scores for the items, indexed by item id.
 Return type

Memorized Predictor¶
The Memorized
recommender is primarily useful for test cases. It memorizes a set of
rating predictions and returns them.

class
lenskit.algorithms.basic.
Memorized
(scores)¶ Bases:
lenskit.algorithms.Predictor
The memorized algorithm memorizes socres provided at construction time.

fit
(*args, **kwargs)¶ Train a model using the specified ratings (or similar) data.
 Parameters
ratings (pandas.DataFrame) – The ratings data.
kwargs – Additional training data the algorithm may require. Algorithms should avoid using the same keyword arguments for different purposes, so that they can be more easily hybridized.
 Returns
The algorithm object.

predict_for_user
(user, items, ratings=None)¶ Compute predictions for a user and items.
 Parameters
user – the user ID
items (arraylike) – the items to predict
ratings (pandas.Series) – the user’s ratings (indexed by item id); if provided, they may be used to override or augment the model’s notion of a user’s preferences.
 Returns
scores for the items, indexed by item id.
 Return type
