Assisted Pattern Mining for Discovering Interactive Behaviours on the Web

Aitor Apaolaza, Markel Vigo

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When the hypotheses about users’ behaviour on interactive systems are unknown or weak, mining user interaction logs in a data-driven fashion can provide valuable insights. Yet, this process is full of challenges that prevent broader adoption of data-driven methods. We address these pitfalls by assisting user researchers in customising event sets, filtering the noisy outputs of the algorithms and providing tools for analysing such outputs in an exploratory fashion. This tooling facilitates the agile testing and refinement of the formulated hypotheses of use. A user study with twenty participants indicates that compared to the baseline approach, assisted pattern mining is perceived to be more useful and produces more actionable insights, despite being more difficult to learn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-208
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Early online date21 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Interaction logs
  • Assisted pattern mining
  • User Interface Evaluation


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