Towards a New Dimension for User Modeling: The Use of Sensory Vocabulary

  • Gudrun Kellner
  • Bettina Berendt
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7138)


One aspect of user preference, which is of high interest especially for the field of e-learning, concerns the mode of presenting information: What sensory system(s) should be addressed to make information interesting and easy to understand for the user? The answer might be found when looking at the user’s perceptual preferences. To test the user would be the most direct way – and the most annoying for the user. In our research, we investigate the use of sensory vocabulary in forum texts as a source of implicit information on the user. Therefore, a corpus with more than 1,000,000 forum posts was analyzed for the occurrence of expressions that are directly linked to a sensory system. We found that users differ significantly in their use of sensory expressions and that most users have preferred patterns for the use of sensory expressions.


User Modeling Perception Language use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gudrun Kellner
    • 1
  • Bettina Berendt
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Software Technology and Interactive SystemsVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceK.U. LeuvenLeuven-HeverleeBelgium

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