A lot of slots–outliers confinement in review-based systems

Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi

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Review-based websites such as, e.g., Amazon, eBay, TripAdvisor, and Booking have gained an extraordinary popularity, with millions of users daily consulting online reviews to choose the best services and products fitting their needs. Some of the most popular review-based websites rank products by sorting them aggregating the single ratings through their arithmetic mean. In contrast, recent studies have proved that the median is a more robust aggregator, in terms of ad hoc injections of outlier ratings. In this paper, we focus on four different types of ratings aggregators. We propose to the slotted mean and the slotted median, and we compare their mathematical properties with the mean and the median. The results of our experiments highlight advantages and drawbacks of relying on each of these quality indexes. Our experiments have been carried out on a large data set of hotel reviews collected from Booking.com, while our proposed solutions are rooted on sound statistical theory. The results shown in this paper, other than being interesting on their own, also call for further investigations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-30
Number of pages16
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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