Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

4-2014

Abstract

Tracking user browsing data and measuring the effectiveness of website design and web services are important to businesses that want to attract the consumers today who spend much more time online than before. Instead of using randomized controlled experiments, the existing approach simply tracks user browsing behaviors before and after a change is made to website design or web services, and evaluate the differences. To address the effects caused by hidden factors (e.g. promotion activities on the website) and to give fair comparison of different website designs, we propose the LASER system, a unified experimentation platform that enables randomized online controlled experiments to be easily conducted with minimal human effort and modifications to the experimented websites. More importantly, the LASER system manages the various aspects of online controlled experiments, namely the selection of participants into groups, exposure of different user interface features or recommendation algorithms to these groups, measuring their responses, and summarizing the results in the visual manner.

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Databases and Information Systems

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

WWW '14: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web: April 7-11, 2014, Seoul, Korea

First Page

71

Last Page

74

ISBN

9781450327459

Identifier

10.1145/2567948.2577008

Publisher

International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee

City or Country

Geneva

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2567948.2577008

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