Enhancing Recommender System Performance by Histogram Equalization
Recommender system has been researched for decades with millions of different versions of algorithms created in the industry. In spite of the huge amount of work spent on the field, there are many basic questions to be answered in the field. The most fundamental question to be answered is the accuracy problem, and in recent years, fairness becomes the new buzz word for researchers. In this paper, we borrow an idea from image processing, namely, histogram equalization. As a preprocessing step to recommender system algorithms, histogram equalization could enhance both the accuracy and fairness metrics of the recommender system algorithms. In the experiment section, we prove that our new approach could improve vanilla algorithms by a large margin in accuracy metric and stay competitive on fairness metrics.