Stochastic modeling of usage patterns in a web-based information system

  title={Stochastic modeling of usage patterns in a web-based information system},
  author={Hui-Min Chen and Michael D. Cooper},
Users move from one state (or task) to another in an information system’s labyrinth as they try to accomplish their work, and the amount of time they spend in each state varies. This article uses continuous-time stochastic models, mainly based on semi-Markov chains, to derive user state transition patterns (both in rates and in probabilities) in a Web-based information system. The methodology was demonstrated with 126,925 search sessions drawn from the transaction logs of the University of… CONTINUE READING
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