SNIF-ACT: A Cognitive Model of User Navigation on the World Wide Web

@article{Fu2007SNIFACTAC,
  title={SNIF-ACT: A Cognitive Model of User Navigation on the World Wide Web},
  author={Wai-Tat Fu and Peter Pirolli},
  journal={Human-Computer Interaction},
  year={2007},
  volume={22},
  pages={355-412}
}
We describe the development of a computational cognitive model that explains navigation behavior on the World Wide Web. The model, called SNIF-ACT (Scent-based Navigation and Information Foraging in the ACT cognitive architecture), is motivated by Information Foraging Theory (IFT), which quantifies the perceived relevance of a Web link to a user’s goal by a spreading activation mechanism. The model assumes that users evaluate links on a Web page sequentially and decide to click on a link or to… CONTINUE READING
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