A two-step, user-centered approach to personalized tourist recommendations

Salvatore Andolina, Salvatore Andolina, Valeria Orso, Giulio Jacucci, Alessandra Varotto, Jukka Leino, Stefano Rodaro, Anna Spagnolli, Luciano Gamberini

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2 Citations (Scopus)


Geo-localized, mobile applications can simplify a tourist visit, making the relevant Point of Interests more easily and promptly discernible to users. At the same time, such solutions must avoid creating unfitting or rigid user profiles that impoverish the users' options instead of refining them. Currently, user profiles in recommender systems rely on dimensions whose relevance to the user is more often presumed than empirically defined. To avoid this drawback, we build our recommendation system in a two-step process, where profile parameters are evaluated preliminarily and separately from the recommendations themselves. We describe this two-step evaluation process including an initial survey (N=206), and a subsequent controlled study (N=24). We conclude by emphasizing the benefit and generalizability of the approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI - CHItaly '17
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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