User perception of sentiment-integrated critiquing in recommender systems

Li Chen*, Dongning Yan, Feng Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Critiquing in recommender systems has been accepted as an effective feedback mechanism that allows users to incrementally refine their preferences for product attributes, especially in complex decision environments and high-investment product domains where users’ initial preferences are usually uncertain and incomplete. However, the traditional critiquing methods are limited in that they are only based on static attribute values (such as a digital camera's screen size, effectiveness pixels, optical zoom). Considering product reviews contain other customers’ sentiments (also called opinions) expressed on some features, in this manuscript, we propose a sentiment-integrated critiquing approach, for helping users to formulate and refine their preferences. Through both before-after and within-subjects experiments, we find that the incorporation of feature sentiments into the critiquing interface can significantly improve users’ product knowledge, preference certainty, decision confidence, perceived information usefulness, and purchase intention. The results can hence be constructive for enhancing current critiquing-based recommender systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Software
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture

User-Defined Keywords

  • Critiquing-based recommender systems
  • E-commerce
  • Feature-based sentiment analysis
  • Product reviews
  • User evaluation


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