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Poster
Matrix Completion with Hierarchical Graph Side Information
Adel Elmahdy · Junhyung Ahn · Changho Suh · Soheil Mohajer

Wed Dec 09 09:00 PM -- 11:00 PM (PST) @ Poster Session 4 #1252

We consider a matrix completion problem that exploits social or item similarity graphs as side information. We develop a universal, parameter-free, and computationally efficient algorithm that starts with hierarchical graph clustering and then iteratively refines estimates both on graph clustering and matrix ratings. Under a hierarchical stochastic block model that well respects practically-relevant social graphs and a low-rank rating matrix model (to be detailed), we demonstrate that our algorithm achieves the information-theoretic limit on the number of observed matrix entries (i.e., optimal sample complexity) that is derived by maximum likelihood estimation together with a lower-bound impossibility result. One consequence of this result is that exploiting the hierarchical structure of social graphs yields a substantial gain in sample complexity relative to the one that simply identifies different groups without resorting to the relational structure across them. We conduct extensive experiments both on synthetic and real-world datasets to corroborate our theoretical results as well as to demonstrate significant performance improvements over other matrix completion algorithms that leverage graph side information.

Author Information

Adel Elmahdy (University of Minnesota)
Junhyung Ahn (KAIST)
Changho Suh (KAIST)

Changho Suh is an Ewon Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He recevied the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from KAIST in 2000 and 2002 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC-Berkeley in 2011, under the supervision of Prof. David Tse. From 2011 to 2012, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Research Laboratory of Electronics in MIT. From 2002 to 2006, he had been with the Telecommunication R&D Center, Samsung Electronics. Dr. Suh received the 2015 IEIE Hadong Young Engineer Award, a 2015 Bell Labs Prize finalist, the 2013 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize, the 2011 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize (top research award in the UC-Berkeley EECS Department), and the 2009 IEEE ISIT Best Student Paper Award.

Soheil Mohajer (University of Minnesota)

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