Database Seminar

Visiting Scholar
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Anomaly Detection in Dynamic Product Ratings
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 4:30pm
Blelloch-Skees Conference Room 8115 
Gates&Hillman Centers

User provided rating data about products and services is one key feature of websites  such as Amazon, TripAdvisor, or Yelp. Since these ratings are rather static but might change over time, a temporal analysis of rating distributions provides deeper insights into the  evolution of a products' quality. Given a time-series of rating distributions, in this talk, we answer the following questions: (1) How to detect the base behavior of users regarding  a product's evaluation over time? (2) How to detect points in time where the rating distribution differs from this base behavior, e.g., due to attacks or spontaneous changes in the product's quality?

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