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WWW 2007 / Track: Browsers and User Interfaces Session: Personalization Open User Profiles for Adaptive News Systems: Help or Harm?

By Jae-wook Ahn, Peter Brusilovsky, Jonathan Grady, Daqing He and Sue Yeon Syn


Over the last five years, a range of projects have focused on progressively more elaborated techniques for adaptive news delivery. However, the adaptation process in these systems has become more complicated and thus less transparent to the users. In this paper, we concentrate on the application of open user models in adding transparency and controllability to adaptive news systems. We present a personalized news system, YourNews, which allows users to view and edit their interest profiles, and report a user study on the system. Our results confirm that users prefer transparency and control in their systems, and generate more trust to such systems. However, similar to previous studies, our study demonstrate that this ability to edit user profiles may also harm the system’s performance and has to be used with caution

Year: 2010
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