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Characterizing typical and atypical user sessions in clickstreams

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Characterizing typical and atypical user sessions in clickstreams
Millions of users retrieve information from the Internet using search engines. Mining these user sessions can provide valuable information about the quality of user experience and the perceived quality of search results. Often search engines rely on accurate estimates of Click Through Rate (CTR) to evaluate the quality of user experience. The vast heterogeneity in the user population and presence of automated software programs (bots) can result in high variance in the estimates of CTR. To improve the estimation accuracy of user experience metrics like CTR, we argue that it is important to identify typical and atypical user sessions in clickstreams. Our approach to identify these sessions is based on detecting outliers using Mahalanobis distance in the user session space. Our user session model incorporates several key clickstream characteristics including a novel conformance score obtained by Markov Chain analysis. Editorial results show that our approach of identifying typical and at...
Narayanan Sadagopan, Jie Li
Added 21 Nov 2009
Updated 21 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where WWW
Authors Narayanan Sadagopan, Jie Li
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