Modeling real-time data and contextual information from workouts in eCoaching platforms to predict users’ sharing behavior on Facebook
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eCoaching platforms have become powerful tools to support users in their day-to-day physical routines. More and more research works show that motivational factors are strictly linked with the user inclination to share her fitness achievements on social media platforms. In this paper, we tackle the problem of analyzing and modeling users’ contextual information and real-time training data by exploiting state-of-the-art classification algorithms, to predict if a user will share her current running workout on Facebook. By analyzing user’s performance, collected by means of an eCoaching platform for runners, and crossing them with contextual information such as the weather, we are able to predict with a high accuracy if the user will post or not on Facebook. Given the positive impact that social media posts have in these scenarios, understanding what are the conditions that lead a user to post or not, can turn the output of the classification process into actionable knowledge. This knowledge can be exploited inside eCoaching platforms to model user behavior in broader and deeper ways, to develop novel forms of intervention and favor users’ motivation on the long term.
KeywordsPersonalized persuasive technologies Social networks Healthy lifestyle eCoaching Motivation Behavior modeling Behavior prediction Personalized recommendations
The authors would like to thank Marika Cappai and Davide Spano for their contribution in this research work. This work is partially funded by Regione Sardegna under Projects AI4fit (Artificial Intelligence & Human Computer Interaction per l’e-coaching), through AIUTI PER PROGETTI DI RICERCA E SVILUPPO - POR FESR SARDEGNA 2014–2020, and NOMAD (Next generation Open Mobile Apps Development), through PIA—Pacchetti Integrati di Agevolazione “Industria Artigianato e Servizi” (annualità 2013).
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