Making the news interesting: understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest

Frans van der Sluis, Richard J. Glassey, Egon van den Broek

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Abstract

News feeds are an important element of information encountering, feeding our (new) interests but also leading to a state of information overload. Current solutions often select information similar to the user's interests. However, long-term interest in one topic, and being highly familiar with that topic, does not necessarily imply an actual interest response will occur when more of the same topic is selected. This study explores how important familiarity is in predicting an interest response. In a study with 30 subjects, interest was manipulated by topical familiarity using novel stimuli from a popular news source. This study shows, within this context, familiarity is moderately important for an interest response: familiarity does indeed make the news interesting, but only to a certain extent. The results set a baseline for predicting interest during information encountering, indicating familiarity is important, but not the only influential variable a system should consider when selecting information for users.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIIX 2012)
EditorsJ. Kamps, W. Kraaij, N. Fuhr
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages314-317
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1282-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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Keywords

  • METIS-293291
  • EWI-22834
  • CR-H.3.3
  • CR-H.1.2
  • Filtering and Recommender Systems
  • Information Feeds
  • Interest
  • Familiarity
  • IR-83483

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van der Sluis, F., Glassey, R. J., & van den Broek, E. (2012). Making the news interesting: understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest. In J. Kamps, W. Kraaij, & N. Fuhr (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIIX 2012) (pp. 314-317). New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2362724.2362783
van der Sluis, Frans ; Glassey, Richard J. ; van den Broek, Egon. / Making the news interesting: understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest. Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIIX 2012). editor / J. Kamps ; W. Kraaij ; N. Fuhr. New York : Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2012. pp. 314-317
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van der Sluis, F, Glassey, RJ & van den Broek, E 2012, Making the news interesting: understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest. in J Kamps, W Kraaij & N Fuhr (eds), Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIIX 2012). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), New York, pp. 314-317. https://doi.org/10.1145/2362724.2362783

Making the news interesting: understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest. / van der Sluis, Frans; Glassey, Richard J.; van den Broek, Egon.

Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIIX 2012). ed. / J. Kamps; W. Kraaij; N. Fuhr. New York : Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2012. p. 314-317.

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van der Sluis F, Glassey RJ, van den Broek E. Making the news interesting: understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest. In Kamps J, Kraaij W, Fuhr N, editors, Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIIX 2012). New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2012. p. 314-317 https://doi.org/10.1145/2362724.2362783