Exploring Recommender Systems

Recommender systems are ubiquitous nowadays and they exploit patterns in people’s preferences and tastes to provide personalized recommendations to users. Collaborative Filtering Recommenders (CFR) are possibly the most common and powerful engines and are widely used in a variety of domains.

In this post, I explore several implementations of CFR, to give a taste of their capabilities and performances. To this aim, I use the movielens dataset, a freely available collection go user-based movie ratings that can be downloaded here. As the purpose of this post is primarily educational, I use the small dataset, which contais ~100,000 ratings and ~1,300 tags for ~9,000 movies and ~700 unique users.

As the movielens dataset is widely known and most of the techniques here implemented have a long history of application, this is only one of the many guides to recommender engines out there, and does not want to be the ultimate one by any means. On the contrary, the work I present in this post is inspired by many sources out there, such as the excellent fast.ai MOOC, which I encourage the reader to consult as well.

This document is organized as follows:

  • Data Loading
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Preliminary Manipulations
    • Train-Test Splitting
    • Performance Metric Definition
  • Benchmarking
  • Recommender Engines Implementation
    • Memory-Based Collaborative Filtering
      • Cosine Similarity
    • Model-Based Collaborative Filtering
      • Singular Value Decomposition
      • Matrices Multiplication
      • Matrices Multiplication with Bias
      • Neural Networks
  • Summary
  • Appendix
    • Imported Libraries
    • EDA graphs and tables

Data Loading

I use pandas to load the datasets into DataFrames, then I produce a dictionary to build a unique sequencial indexing of users and movies and use it to add two unique index columns to the DataFrame.

movies_df = pd.read_csv('./ml-latest-small/movies.csv')
ratings_df = pd.read_csv('./ml-latest-small/ratings.csv')
def id2idx_dcs(id_ls):
    id2index_dc = {str(old_id): idx for idx, old_id in enumerate(id_ls)}
    index2id_dc = {str(idx): old_id for idx, old_id in zip(id2index_dc.values(), id2index_dc.keys())}
    return id2index_dc, index2id_dc
user_id2idx_dc, user_idx2id_dc = id2idx_dcs(list(ratings_df['userId'].unique()))
movie_id2idx_dc, movie_idx2id_dc = id2idx_dcs(list(ratings_df['movieId'].unique()))
ratings_df['userIDX'] = ratings_df['userId'].apply(lambda Id: user_id2idx_dc[str(Id)])
ratings_df['movieIDX'] = ratings_df['movieId'].apply(lambda Id: movie_id2idx_dc[str(Id)])

Exploratory Data Analysis

Printing the first few rows of the DataFrames is a good way to learn about their structure and verify that they have been properly loaded. It is also a good measure to make a few basic analyses and plot some basic graphs to get a feel of what kind of data is available. In order to avoid distracting from the focus of this post, however, most of the Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA), with both codes and graphs, is moved to the Appendix.

userId movieId rating timestamp userIDX movieIDX
1 31 2.5 1260759144 0 0
1 1029 3.0 1260759179 0 1
1 1061 3.0 1260759182 0 2
movieId title genres
1 Toy Story (1995) Adventure|Animation|Children|Comedy|Fantasy
2 Jumanji (1995) Adventure|Children|Fantasy
3 Grumpier Old Men (1995) Comedy|Romance
n_users = len(ratings_df['userIDX'].unique())
n_movies = len(ratings_df['movieIDX'].unique())
print 'Number of Users: ' + str(n_users)
print 'Number of Movies: ' + str(n_movies)
print 'Matrix sparcity: ' + str(100.0 - (100.0 * len(ratings_df) / (n_users * n_movies))) + ' %'
Number of Users: 671
Number of Movies: 9066
Matrix sparcity: 98.3560858391 %

Preliminary Manipulations

Train-Test Splitting

For all recommenders developed here, a 80-20 train-test split is used. In order to keep things consistent, the random split seed is fixed.

def train_test_split_df(input_df, ratio=0.8, msk=None, seed=None):
    if msk:
        train_df = input_df[msk]
        test_df = input_df[~msk]        
        msk = np.random.rand(len(input_df)) < ratio
        train_df = input_df[msk]
        test_df = input_df[~msk]
    return train_df, test_df
train_df, test_df = train_test_split_df(ratings_df, seed=7)

Performance Metric Definition

Root Mean Squared Error between predicted ratings and observed ratings is used to assess the performance of each recommender.

def RMSE(pred_ar, truth_ar, matrix=True):
    if matrix:
        pred_ar = pred_ar[truth_ar.nonzero()].flatten()
        truth_ar = truth_ar[truth_ar.nonzero()].flatten()
    return sqrt(mean_squared_error(pred_ar, truth_ar))


Whenever a new model or a new implementation of an old one is developed, it is good measure to find reasonable benchmarks against which the performance of the new implementation can be assessed. When working on a cutting-edge research topic, such benckmarks are usually the literature state of the art on the given field. However, basic benchmarks serve the purpose just as well since, in most cases, we want to have an idea of how much we are improving the simplest fast and dirty solution. To this aim, one can ask oneself: what is the simple estimate of the rating that a certain user is going to give to a certain movie? A good answer could be: the average rating that other users have given to the movie. Here, I use this principle to compute three benchmarks: 1) Each user will give a new movie the average of the ratings he or she gave so far; 2) Each user will give a new movie the average of the ratings other users have given to the movie; 3) Each given user will give a new movie the average of the average rating across movies for the given user and the average ratings for the new movie provided by other users.

def build_user2movie_matrix(df, n_users=None, n_movies=None):
    if not n_users:
        n_users = len(df['userIDX'].unique())
        n_movies = len(df['movieIDX'].unique())
    data_mx = np.zeros((n_users, n_movies))
    for index, row in df.iterrows():
        data_mx[int(row['userIDX'])][int(row['movieIDX'])] = row['rating']
    return data_mx
def benchmarks(train_df, test_df, n_users, n_movies, performance_dc=None, verbose=True):
    if not performance_dc:
        performance_dc = dict()
    train_mx = build_user2movie_matrix(train_df, n_users=n_users, n_movies=n_movies)
    mean_usr_rating_mx = train_mx.sum(axis=1) / np.count_nonzero(train_mx, axis=1)
    mean_mov_rating_mx = train_mx.sum(axis=0) / np.count_nonzero(train_mx, axis=0)
    truth_test_mx = np.zeros((n_users, n_movies))
    for index, row in test_df.iterrows():
        truth_test_mx[int(row['userIDX'])][int(row['movieIDX'])] = row['rating']
    # Benchmark 1: assigning mean user rating across movies to all new movies
    pred_test_mx = np.zeros((n_users, n_movies))
    pred_test_mx = pred_test_mx +  mean_usr_rating_mx[:, np.newaxis]
    pred_test_mx[np.where(np.isnan(pred_test_mx))] = np.nanmean(pred_test_mx)
    performance_dc['User Avg Benchmark'] = RMSE(pred_test_mx, truth_test_mx)
    if verbose:
        print 'User average benchmark RMSE: ' + str(RMSE(pred_test_mx, truth_test_mx))
    # Benchmark 2: assigning mean movie rating across users to all users
    pred_test_mx = np.zeros((n_users, n_movies))
    pred_test_mx = (pred_test_mx.T +  mean_mov_rating_mx[:, np.newaxis]).T
    pred_test_mx[np.where(np.isnan(pred_test_mx))] = np.nanmean(pred_test_mx)
    performance_dc['Movie Avg Benchmark'] = RMSE(pred_test_mx, truth_test_mx)
    if verbose:
        print 'Movie average benchmark RMSE: ' + str(RMSE(pred_test_mx, truth_test_mx))
    # Benchmark 3: averaging the mean user rating and the mean movie rating
    pred_test_mx = np.zeros((n_users, n_movies))
    pred_test_mx = 0.5 * (pred_test_mx +  mean_usr_rating_mx[:, np.newaxis] + \
                         (pred_test_mx.T +  mean_mov_rating_mx[:, np.newaxis]).T)
    pred_test_mx[np.where(np.isnan(pred_test_mx))] = np.nanmean(pred_test_mx)
    performance_dc['Averaged Movie-User Avg Benchmark'] = RMSE(pred_test_mx, truth_test_mx)
    if verbose:
        print 'Averaged User and Movie averages benchmark RMSE: ' + str(RMSE(pred_test_mx, truth_test_mx))
    return performance_dc
performance_dc = benchmarks(train_df, test_df, n_users, n_movies)
User average benchmark RMSE: 0.965366436781
Movie average benchmark RMSE: 0.999052599878
Averaged User and Movie averages benchmark RMSE: 0.929886343076

Based on the RMSE of the benchmarks above, a movie recommendation based on a simple procedure such as assigning the average ratings to unrated movies provides already a reasonable result. One may like to do better, though, so let us see what other routes we can explore.

Recommender Engines Implementation

In the following paragraphs, I present the implementation of several recommender engines, as mentioned previously. In order to make the presentation consistent, I perform some initial manipulation of the dataset, splitting it into train and test and defining a metrics of performance for the validation of each approach.

Memory-Based Collaborative Filtering

This type of recommenders are based on the assumption that past user behavior is predictive of future user behavior. Since user taste follows patterns, the identification of such patterns is essential to generate reliable predictions. Memory-Based Collaborative Filters exploit similarities between either a given user and other users (User-Based Collaborative Filters), or between items the given user likes and items that he or she may like as a result (Item-Based Collaborative Filters).

Cosine Similarity

In order to build the recommender system using the approach(es) above, one has to define a suitable metric to assess the similarity between users or items. Such metric is typically the cosine distance, calculated as the dot product of the users vectors or items vectors.

Both implementations (User-Based and Item-Based) require the construction of a user-item (in our case user-movie) matrix, that is, a matrix with as many rows as there are users and as many columns as there are movies. The cells of this matrix are the ratings that each individual user has given to each individual movie. Obviously, such matrix is in general very sparse, as most user rate, or even watch, only a fraction of the movies available.

Here are two routines to build the similarity matrix and use it to predict unknown ratings. The functions below can be used for both User-Based and Item-Based recommenders.

Notice that naive similarity computations do not take into account the fact that a given user can be inherently generous in rating movies, or a given movie can be inherently good (or bad). In order to cirvumvent this bias-like issue, I make predictions on average-adjusted matrices, that is, I first subtract the mean (computed excluing missing values), then add it back.

def get_similarities(rating_data_mx, s_type='user'): 
    if s_type=='user':
        similarity_mx = 1 - pw_dist(rating_data_mx, metric='cosine')
    elif s_type=='item':
        similarity_mx = 1 - pw_dist(rating_data_mx.T, metric='cosine')
    return similarity_mx

def predict(rating_mx, similarity_mx, s_type='user'):
    if s_type=='user':
        mean_user_rating_ar = rating_mx.sum(axis=1)/np.count_nonzero(rating_mx, axis=1)
        delta_ratings_mx = (rating_mx - mean_user_rating_ar[:, np.newaxis])
        delta_ratings_mx[rating_mx==0.0] = 0.0
        pred_ar = mean_user_rating_ar[:, np.newaxis] + similarity_mx.dot(delta_ratings_mx) / \
    elif s_type=='item':
        mean_item_rating_ar = rating_mx.sum(axis=0)/np.count_nonzero(rating_mx, axis=0)
        delta_ratings_mx = (rating_mx - mean_item_rating_ar[np.newaxis, :])
        delta_ratings_mx[rating_mx==0.0] = 0.0
        pred_ar = mean_item_rating_ar[np.newaxis, :] + delta_ratings_mx.dot(similarity_mx) / \
    return pred_ar

Here I use the above functions to create the recommendations and assess the model(s) performance.

train_rt_mx = build_user2movie_matrix(train_df, n_users=n_users, n_movies=n_movies)
truth_test_mx = build_user2movie_matrix(test_df, n_users=n_users, n_movies=n_movies)

usr_sim_mx = get_similarities(train_rt_mx, s_type='user')
mov_sim_mx = get_similarities(train_rt_mx, s_type='item')

movie_pred_mx = predict(truth_test_mx, mov_sim_mx, s_type='item')
user_pred_mx = predict(truth_test_mx, usr_sim_mx, s_type='user')
print 'User-based Cosine Similarity RMSE: ' + str(RMSE(user_pred_mx, truth_test_mx))
print 'Item-based Cosine Similarity RMSE: ' + str(RMSE(movie_pred_mx, truth_test_mx))
performance_dc['User-based Cosine Similarity'] = RMSE(user_pred_mx, truth_test_mx)
performance_dc['Movie-based Cosine Similarity'] = RMSE(movie_pred_mx, truth_test_mx)
User-based Cosine Similarity RMSE: 0.920526234083
Item-based Cosine Similarity RMSE: 0.815992426671

Model-Based Collaborative Filtering

This category encompasses recommenders that use a model-based framework to build the recommender engine. While there are several of these, I here explore a few “Latent Factors” models plus a neural network model. Latent Factors models are based on the assumption that user rates a movie based on a set of features and that such features. These features are called “Latent Factors” because they are “hidden” or “implicit” in the ratings and can be “learned” from the ratings themselves. While there is no explicit way to tell what these features are, it can be assumed that they represent movies characteristics like the amount of action, the quality of the screenplay, the presence of famous actors, the presence of special effects and so on. The rating would ultimately be some sort of product between these factors and the weight that each users gives to each one of them, that is, how receptive a user is to the given latent factor.

While given a sufficient number of latent factors, it is possible to precisely fit the observations, generally fewer latent factors are selected in order to avoid overfitting. Therefore, Latent Factors Recommenders usually rely on defining a priory the number of features and apply some sort of minimization technique to learn these features from the known ratings.

Singular Value Decomposition

Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) is a common technique of matrix decomposition often used, among other things, for dimensionality reduction. I will not provide a thorough description of the SVD implementation, one can read about it in textbooks or online everywhere, but the gist is to try to represent the user-movie rating matrix as the product of 3 matrices. Such matrices will represent the User latent factors, the Movie latent factors and the “relevance” of the given latent factor for the overall rating of a movie. Much like in dimensionality reduction, only the most relevant latent factors are be selected to build an SVD based recommender system.

A huge drawback of this implementation, is that the rating matrix is usually very sparse and SVD will try to decompose it by considering the missing values as zero. There are techniques to overcome this limitation, some of which are described here. As done previously with the cosine similarity approach, I apply SVD on the delta ratings matrix, that is, on the matrix defined as the difference between a given rating and the average rating of the given user.

def singular_value_decompose(data_mx, n_sv=20):
    mean_user_rating_ar = data_mx.sum(axis=1) / np.count_nonzero(data_mx, axis=1)
    delta_ratings_mx = (data_mx - mean_user_rating_ar[:, np.newaxis])
    delta_ratings_mx[data_mx==0.0] = 0.0
    u, s, vt = svds(delta_ratings_mx, k=n_sv)
    s_diag_mx = np.diag(s)
    return u, s_diag_mx, vt

def svd_predict(u, s_diag_mx, vt, data_mx):
    mean_user_rating_ar = data_mx.sum(axis=1) / np.count_nonzero(data_mx, axis=1)
    pred_mx = np.dot(np.dot(u, s_diag_mx), vt) + mean_user_rating_ar[:, np.newaxis]
    return pred_mx

u, s_diag_mx, vt = singular_value_decompose(train_rt_mx, n_sv=50)
svd_pred_mx = svd_predict(u, s_diag_mx, vt, train_rt_mx)
print 'SVD MSE: ' + str(RMSE(svd_pred_mx, truth_test_mx))
performance_dc['SVD'] = RMSE(svd_pred_mx, truth_test_mx)
SVD MSE: 0.945549294143

Matrices Multiplication

This Latent Factor Model is very similar to SVD, as they both share the idea that a rating can be decomposed as the product of latent factors.

Here, however, I make use of embeddings to exclude the missing values from the problem and provide a framework that only focuses on the known ratings. Embeddings are nothing more than lookup functions that, given a certain user and movie, will retrieve the respective latent factors vectors. Embeddings are learned from the ratings through minimization of a loss function, in this case the Mean Squared Error (MSE).

The implementation presented here is courtesy of Jeremy Howard at fast.ai, with only minor modifications, and makes use of the keras libraries and functional API.

def embedding_input(emb_name, n_items, n_fact=20, l2regularizer=1e-4):
    inp = Input(shape=(1,), dtype='int64', name=emb_name)
    return inp, Embedding(n_items, n_fact, input_length=1, embeddings_regularizer=l2(l2regularizer))(inp)

def build_dp_recommender(u_in, m_in, u_emb, m_emb):
    x = dot([u_emb, m_emb], axes=(2, 2))
    x = Flatten()(x)
    dp_model = Model([u_in, m_in], x)
    dp_model.compile(Adam(0.001), loss='mse')
    return dp_model

usr_inp, usr_emb = embedding_input('user_inp', n_users, n_fact=50, l2regularizer=1e-4)
mov_inp, mov_emb = embedding_input('movie_inp', n_movies, n_fact=50, l2regularizer=1e-4)

dp_model = build_dp_recommender(usr_inp, mov_inp, usr_emb, mov_emb)

dp_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=2,
             validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

dp_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=3,
             validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

dp_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=8,
             validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

dp_preds_ar = np.squeeze(dp_model.predict([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']]))
print 'Dot Product MSE: ' + str(RMSE(dp_preds_ar, test_df['rating'].values, matrix=False)) 
performance_dc['Dot Product'] = RMSE(dp_preds_ar, test_df['rating'].values, matrix=False)
Dot Product MSE: 1.21001928331

Matrices Multiplication with Bias Term

The matriced multiplication model through embeddings above did not produce very good results. This is likely due to the fact that the bias terms discussed before, that is, the inherent generosity of users and inherent quality of movies, are not factored in the model.

In the implementation below, a bias embedding is added to both users and movies as a simple additive term. All embeddings, both the latent factors and the biases, are then simultaneously learned through gradient descent with MSE loss function and Adam optimizer.

def create_bias(inp, n_items):
    x = Embedding(n_items, 1, input_length=1)(inp)
    return Flatten()(x)

def build_dp_bias_recommender(u_in, m_in, u_emb, m_emb, u_bias, m_bias):
    x = dot([u_emb, m_emb], axes=(2,2))
    x = Flatten()(x)
    x = add([x, u_bias])
    x = add([x, m_bias])
    bias_model = Model([u_in, m_in], x)
    bias_model.compile(Adam(0.001), loss='mse')
    return bias_model

usr_inp, usr_emb = embedding_input('user_in', n_users, n_fact=50, l2regularizer=1e-4)
mov_inp, mov_emb = embedding_input('movie_in', n_movies, n_fact=50, l2regularizer=1e-4)

usr_bias = create_bias(usr_inp, n_users)
mov_bias = create_bias(mov_inp, n_movies)

bias_model = build_dp_bias_recommender(usr_inp, mov_inp, usr_emb, mov_emb, usr_bias, mov_bias)

bias_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=2,
               validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

bias_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=6,
               validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

bias_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=15,
               validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

bias_preds_ar = np.squeeze(bias_model.predict([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']]))

print 'Dot Product Model with Bias MSE: ' + str(RMSE(bias_preds_ar, test_df['rating'].values, matrix=False))
performance_dc['Dot Product with Bias'] = RMSE(bias_preds_ar, test_df['rating'].values, matrix=False)
Dot Product Model with Bias MSE: 0.9085571397

Neural Network Model

In this last section, a standard neural network is built on the concatenated user and movie embeddings. This has the flexibility of neural network architecture and, hopefully, will be able to implicitly reproduce the effect of latent factors and biases through the non linearities of the neural network, without the need of an ad-hoc architecture.

def build_nn_recommender(u_in, m_in, u_emb, m_emb, d_out=0.25, dens_f=64):
    x = concatenate([u_emb, m_emb])
    x = Flatten()(x)
    x = Dropout(d_out)(x)
    x = Dense(dens_f, activation='relu')(x)
    x = Dropout(3*d_out)(x)
    x = Dense(1)(x)
    nn_model = Model([u_in, m_in], x)
    nn_model.compile(Adam(0.001), loss='mse')
    return nn_model

usr_inp, usr_emb = embedding_input('user_in', n_users, n_fact=50, l2regularizer=1e-4)
mov_inp, mov_emb = embedding_input('movie_in', n_movies, n_fact=50, l2regularizer=1e-4)

nn_model = build_nn_recommender(usr_inp, mov_inp, usr_emb, mov_emb)

nn_model.fit([train_df['userIDX'], train_df['movieIDX']], train_df['rating'], batch_size=64, epochs=6,
             validation_data=([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']], test_df['rating']))

nn_preds_ar = np.squeeze(nn_model.predict([test_df['userIDX'], test_df['movieIDX']]))

print 'Neural Network MSE: ' + str(RMSE(nn_preds_ar, test_df['rating'].values, matrix=False)) 
performance_dc['Neural Network'] = RMSE(nn_preds_ar, test_df['rating'].values, matrix=False)
Neural Network MSE: 0.890825204386


Let us now compare the set of models built.

perf_df = pd.DataFrame(performance_dc.items(), columns=['Recommender', 'RMSE'])
perf_df.sort_values(by='RMSE', ascending=True).reset_index(drop=True)
Recommender RMSE
Movie-based Cosine Similarity 0.815992
Neural Network 0.890825
Dot Product with Bias 0.908557
User-based Cosine Similarity 0.920526
Averaged Movie-User Avg Benchmark 0.929886
SVD 0.945549
User Avg Benchmark 0.965366
Movie Avg Benchmark 0.999053
Dot Product 1.210019

Interestingly enough, most models are not performing much better than the best benchmark and the best performer, by far, is the Item-based Collaborative Filter. This means that, at least at this stage of model prototyping and with this dataset, the best recommender engine would be based on the concept that, if you like a certain movie, you may also like another movie that is similar - according to fellow users - to it.

Obviously, there is room to improve the current implementations, asses their robustness, and to explore other architectures.


Imported Libraries

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import pickle
import keras
import seaborn as sns
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
from sklearn.metrics.pairwise import pairwise_distances as pw_dist
from sklearn.metrics import mean_squared_error
from math import sqrt
from scipy.sparse.linalg import svds
from keras.models import Model
from keras.layers import Input, Embedding
from keras.layers.core import Flatten, Dense, Dropout
from keras.regularizers import l2
from keras.optimizers import Adam
from keras.layers.merge import dot, add, concatenate

EDA tables and plots

userId movieId rating timestamp userIDX movieIDX
count 100004.000000 100004.000000 100004.000000 1.000040e+05 100004.000000 100004.000000
mean 347.011310 12548.664363 3.543608 1.129639e+09 346.011310 1660.778349
std 195.163838 26369.198969 1.058064 1.916858e+08 195.163838 1893.955817
min 1.000000 1.000000 0.500000 7.896520e+08 0.000000 0.000000
25% 182.000000 1028.000000 3.000000 9.658478e+08 181.000000 327.000000
50% 367.000000 2406.500000 4.000000 1.110422e+09 366.000000 873.000000
75% 520.000000 5418.000000 4.000000 1.296192e+09 519.000000 2344.000000
max 671.000000 163949.000000 5.000000 1.476641e+09 670.000000 9065.000000
def unpack_movies_df(movies_df, ratings_df):
    full_unpacked_df = movies_df.merge(ratings_df, on='movieId')
    full_unpacked_df['genres'] = full_unpacked_df['genres'].apply(lambda g: g.split('|'))
    full_unpacked_df = pd.concat([pd.DataFrame(dict(zip(full_unpacked_df.columns, \
                                                        full_unpacked_df.ix[i]))) for i in range(len(full_unpacked_df))] \
    return full_unpacked_df

full_unpacked_df = unpack_movies_df(movies_df, ratings_df)
genres movieIDX movieId rating timestamp title userIDX userId
0 Adventure 417 1 3.0 851866703 Toy Story (1995) 6 7
1 Animation 417 1 3.0 851866703 Toy Story (1995) 6 7
2 Children 417 1 3.0 851866703 Toy Story (1995) 6 7
def plot_hist(ratings_df):
    fig = plt.figure(figsize=(16, 6))
    ax = sns.countplot(x='rating', data=ratings_df, color='#4c4c4c')
    ax.set_xlabel('Rating', fontsize=14)
    ax.set_ylabel('Number of reviews', fontsize=14)

def plot_breakdown_hist(full_df):
    fig = plt.figure(figsize=(16, 10))
    ax = sns.countplot(x='rating', data=full_df, hue='genres')
    ax.set_xlabel('Rating', fontsize=14)
    ax.set_ylabel('Number of reviews', fontsize=14)

def plot_ratings_dist(ratings_df, groupby='movie'):
    if groupby=='movie':
        group_id = 'movieIDX'
        aggregate_id = 'userIDX'
        x_label = 'Reviews per movie'
        xlim_ls = [0, 100]
    elif groupby=='user':
        group_id = 'userIDX'
        aggregate_id = 'movieIDX'
        x_label = 'Reviews per user'
        xlim_ls = [20, 120]
    grouped_df = ratings_df.groupby([group_id]).agg({aggregate_id: 'count'}).sort_values(by=aggregate_id, 
    fig = plt.figure(figsize=(16, 6))
    for fig_id in range(2):
        ax = fig.add_subplot(1, 2, fig_id + 1)
        ax = sns.distplot(grouped_df[aggregate_id], bins=grouped_df[aggregate_id].max(), color='k')
        ax.set_xlabel(x_label, fontsize=14)
        ax.set_ylabel('pdf', fontsize=14)
    ax.set_ylim([0, 0.05])

def plot_genre_ratings(full_df):
    fig = plt.figure(figsize=(16, 6))
    ax = sns.barplot(x='genres', y='rating', data=full_df, ci=None)
    ax.set_xlabel('Genre', fontsize=14)
    ax.set_ylabel('Rating', fontsize=14)
%matplotlib inline

plot_ratings_dist(ratings_df, groupby='movie')
plot_ratings_dist(ratings_df, groupby='user')
movielens rating by genre
movielens rating histogram
movielens rating distribution breakdown by genre
movielens reviews per movie
movielens reviews per user
Written on May 4, 2017