Personalization by website transformation: Theory and practice

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Information Processing and Management, Vol: 46, Issue: 3

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Perugini, Saverio
Pergamon Press; eCommons
hierarchical hypermedia; information personalization; navigation; out-of-turn interaction; website transformation; Databases and Information Systems; Graphics and Human Computer Interfaces; Information Security; OS and Networks; Other Computer Sciences; Software Engineering; Systems Architecture; Theory and Algorithms
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We present an analysis of a progressive series of out-of-turn transformations on a hierarchical website to personalize a user’s interaction with the site. We formalize the transformation in graph-theoretic terms and describe a toolkit we built that enumerates all of the traversals enabled by every possible complete series of these transformations in any site and computes a variety of metrics while simulating each traversal therein to qualify the relationship between a site’s structure and the cumulative effect of support for the transformation in a site. We employed this toolkit in two websites. The results indicate that the transformation enables users to experience a vast number of paths through a site not traversable through browsing and demonstrate that it supports traversals with multiple steps, where the semblance of a hierarchy is preserved, as well as shortcuts directly to the desired information.