I am trying to design a matrix factorization technique for a simple user-item, rating recommender system. I have 2 questions about this.
First in a simple implementation that I saw of matrix factorization technique for movie recommendation, the author just initialized the dimensions of the latent features let's call it K of the two latent feature User and Item matrices, to some constant K let's say 2 and hence each of his latent feature matrices P and Q were N X K and M X K where R is the original user item rating matrix we are trying to approximate with dimensions N X M (N users and M items). So my questions is how do I determine optimal 'K' (number of latent features) in this case instead of just setting it to some constant?
Also is there any way to incorporate user or item information that I already have in my dataset, such as the average rating of a particular user,sex of the user,user_location etc into this result of matrix factorization while making my final recommendation (I guess maybe a blending model with the user and item information represented in some other content-based filtering model along with my matrix factorization model would work?).
1> My first question is how to determine optimal number of latent features K 2> does anyone know of recent literature that implements a blending model of matrix factorization and content-based filtering (because I guess that would be the only way to represent demographic information of users and items in a common feature space.)