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How does the product recommendation feature work?

Most shopping websites, regardless as to whether they are auction based like eBay or are just one sprawling marketplace like Amazon, tend to prominently feature a list of recommended products on their homepages. These lists are the results of their product recommendation engine.

They work by taking into user preferences or your preferences for that matter and then correlate it with the products and services available on the site. Needless to say, product recommendation engines naturally enjoy access to the entire product and service database of the website. Information is filtered with your preferences in mind and, afterwards, the product search engine comes up with a list of products and services that it considers likely to appeal to you.

Predictions made by product recommendation engines are not only based on the description of the product and service but also on whatever information it can obtain from your own social environment and previous web history. It first gains access to a pool of users and collects data based on their behavior online, their activities, and their preferences. All the information collected is then filtered and submitted to a platform which categorizes them into products that a group of users may like or dislike. When you visit the site, the first thing it will do is to determine which group of users you belong to. From there, it will provide recommendations on the assumption that your tastes are similar to users it had studied in the past. To read more: http://www.aboutdm.com/2013/01/product-recommendation-by-amazon.html

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