Neda Abolhassani
Accenture Labs
Neda Abolhassani is an R&D Associate Principal and Data Scientist at Accenture Labs. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Georgia. Her research explores ontology engineering, knowledge representation and integration, as well as machine learning.  

2020 Talk: A Meta-graph Solution for Recommender Systems

The proposed meta-graph solution for recommender systems is a living process for semi-automatically resolving recommendations using guided queries upon a knowledge graph. In addition, this solution is explainable; it can provide comprehensible recommendations that show the reason for each result along with a statistical measure. A detailed use case for this application which is an issue tracking system for Oil & Gas companies is presented in this work. In the introduced use case, the interlinks between failure events and their associated actions are captured in a knowledge graph. To overcome data sparsity, scarcity, and non-trivial relationships, a relatively new concept called ‘meta-graphs’ are employed. Using meta-graph patterns defined on the knowledge graph schema, we can recommend actions based on the semantic relatedness of the various failure events and their corrective actions. Moreover, the recommendation results selected by the end-user and the meta-graphs evaluated by the domain experts are automatically graded during the entire lifecycle of the system for transfer learning, reliability evaluation and reproducibility.