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

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

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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 of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter
Subtitle of host publicationTowards the Mediterranean, CHItaly 2017
VolumePart F131371
ISBN (Electronic)9781450352376
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventBiannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter: Towards the Mediterranean - Cagliari, Italy
Duration: 18 Sept 201720 Sept 2017
Conference number: 12


ConferenceBiannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter
Abbreviated titleCHItaly


  • Tourist applications
  • User validation


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