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Modelling a web site quality‐based recommendation system

Edelweis Rohrer (Instituto de Computación, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Regina Motz (Instituto de Computación, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Alicia Diaz (Facultad de Informática, Universidad de la Plata, La Plata, Argentina)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Article publication date: 22 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Web site recommendation systems help to get high quality information. The modelling of recommendation systems involves the combination of many features: metrics of quality, quality criteria, recommendation criteria, user profile, and specific domain concepts, among others. At the moment of the specification of a recommendation system it must be guaranteed a right interrelation of all of these features. The purpose of this paper is to model a web site quality‐based recommendation system by an ontology network.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the authors propose an ontology network based process for web site recommendation modelling. The ontology network conceptualizes the different domains (web site domain, quality assurance domain, user context domain, recommendation criteria domain, specific domain) in a set of interrelated ontologies. Particularly, this approach is illustrated for the health domain.

Findings

Basically, this work introduces the semantic relationships that were used to construct this ontology network. Moreover, it shows the usefulness of this ontology network for the detection of possible inconsistencies when specifying recommendation criteria.

Originality/value

Recommendation systems based on ontologies that model the user profile and the domain of resources to be recommended are quite common. However, it is uncommon to find models that explicitly represent the criteria used by the recommender systems, that express the quality dimensions of resources and on which criteria are applied, and consider the user context at the moment of the query.

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Citation

Rohrer, E., Motz, R. and Diaz, A. (2011), "Modelling a web site quality‐based recommendation system", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 396-420. https://doi.org/10.1108/17440081111187574

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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