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A python library for preference based learning using pairwise comparisons.

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pypbl

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A python library for preference based learning using pairwise comparisons.

We want to recommend a personalised list of items to an individual.

There are three approaches we could take:

  1. Ask the individual to manually rank all items.
  2. Ask the individual to provide weights based on their preferences of different features (size, cost, weight etc), and calculate the weighted value of each item.
  3. Find similar people and base recommendations on what these people also like.
  4. Ask the individual compare a small number of alternatives, and derive feature weights from those comparisons.

Option 1 quickly becomes an enormous burden on the user as the number of items increases.

Option 2 is difficult for the user to do and replicate. What exactly does it mean if the weight assigned to one feature is double the weight assigned to another?

Option 3 requires lots of data, a way to determine similarity between individuals and may not be fully personalised.

Option 4 is enabled by preference based learning using pairwise comparisons.

Installing

pip install pypbl

Development

Dependencies and packaging are managed using Poetry.

Install poetry and clone the repository

To create a virtual environment and install dependencies

poetry install

To run tests

poetry run pytest --cov=src --cov-branch --cov-fail-under=90 tests/

To run linting

poetry run flake8 src/ --count --exit-zero --max-complexity=10 --max-line-length=127 --statistics

License

This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE.md file for details

Acknowledgments

TODO

  • Improve suggestion engine as using entropy is expensive and required a hammer to compute accurately
  • Include dynasty sampling algorithm and PyMC3 or perhaps pyMC4
  • Include preference elicitation using Gaussian Processes see gp_pref_elicit

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