Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2015: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 pp 249-264

What Users Prefer and Why: A User Study on Effective Presentation Styles of Opinion Summarization

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22668-2_20

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9297)
Cite this paper as:
Yuan X., Sa N., Begany G., Yang H. (2015) What Users Prefer and Why: A User Study on Effective Presentation Styles of Opinion Summarization. In: Abascal J., Barbosa S., Fetter M., Gross T., Palanque P., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015. INTERACT 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9297. Springer, Cham


Opinion Summarization research addresses how to help people in making appropriate decisions in an effective way. This paper aims to help users in their decision-making by providing them effective opinion presentation styles. We carried out two phases of experiments to systematically compare usefulness of different types of opinion summarization techniques. In the first crowd-sourced study, we recruited 46 turkers to generate high quality summary information. This first phase generated four styles of summaries: Tag Clouds, Aspect Oriented Sentiments, Paragraph Summary and Group Sample. In the follow-up second phase, 34 participants tested the four styles in a card sorting experiment. Each participant was given 32 cards with 8 per presentation styles and completed the task of grouping the cards into five categories in terms of the usefulness of the cards. Results indicated that participants preferred Aspect Oriented Sentiments the most and Tag cloud the least. Implications and hypotheses are discussed.


Text summarization Consumer decision making User studies User interface design 

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaojun Yuan
    • 1
  • Ning Sa
    • 1
  • Grace Begany
    • 1
  • Huahai Yang
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Computing and InformationUniversity at Albany, State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Juji, Inc.SaratogaUSA

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