Matrix Completion with Noisy Side Information

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 28 (NIPS 2015)

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Kai-Yang Chiang, Cho-Jui Hsieh, Inderjit S. Dhillon


We study matrix completion problem with side information. Side information has been considered in several matrix completion applications, and is generally shown to be useful empirically. Recently, Xu et al. studied the effect of side information for matrix completion under a theoretical viewpoint, showing that sample complexity can be significantly reduced given completely clean features. However, since in reality most given features are noisy or even weakly informative, how to develop a general model to handle general feature set, and how much the noisy features can help matrix recovery in theory, is still an important issue to investigate. In this paper, we propose a novel model that balances between features and observations simultaneously, enabling us to leverage feature information yet to be robust to feature noise. Moreover, we study the effectof general features in theory, and show that by using our model, the sample complexity can still be lower than matrix completion as long as features are sufficiently informative. This result provides a theoretical insight of usefulness for general side information. Finally, we consider synthetic data and two real applications - relationship prediction and semi-supervised clustering, showing that our model outperforms other methods for matrix completion with features both in theory and practice.