Performance and Quality Evaluation of a Personalized Route Planning System

TitlePerformance and Quality Evaluation of a Personalized Route Planning System
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBalke, W. - T., W. Kießling, and C. Unbehend
Conference Name18th Brazilian Symposium on Databases (SBBD 2003)
Conference LocationManaus, Brazil

Advanced personalization of database applications is a big challenge, in particular for distributed mobile environments. We present several new results from a prototype of a route planning system. We demonstrate how to combine qualitative and quantitative preferences gained from situational aspects and from personal user preferences. For performance studies we analyze the runtime efficiency of the SR-Combine algorithm used to evaluate top-k queries. By determining the cost-ratio of random to sorted accesses SR-Combine can automatically tune its performance within the given system architecture. Top-k queries are generated by mapping linguistic variables to numerical weightings. Moreover, we analyze the quality of the query results by several test series, systematically varying the mappings of the linguistic variables. We report interesting insights into this rather under-researched important topic. More investigations, incorporating also cognitive issues, need to be conducted in the future.

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