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Title: Hybrid preference assessment for tourism research using solicited and unsolicited opinions: an application in rural tourism
Other Titles: Evaluación de preferencias híbridas para la investigación turística utilizando opiniones solicitadas y no solicitadas: una aplicación en turismo rural
Authors: Fernández-Gámez, M. A.
Bendodo-Benasayag, E.
Sánchez-Serrano, J. R.
Pestana, M. H.
Keywords: Social media analysis
Online communities
Tourists’ preferences
Rural tourism
Multiple criteria decision analysis
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Universidade do Algarve
Abstract: Social media analysis is a powerful tool for tourism research that, at a relatively low cost, can be used to manage and process large datasets of comments, ratings, and shares from different online communities. However, the heterogeneous nature of unsolicited opinions, the complexity of natural language assessment, and differences in the characteristics of social-data sources hinder the accurate assessment of preferences. Likewise, the use of solicited data sources, such as direct polling, is typically resource-intensive, time-consuming, and geographically limited. We analyze a hybrid approach that combines active polling with passive social media analysis to rate tourist experience. To this end, we present a novel multiple criteria decision analysis model for preference-extraction from solicited and unsolicited data. The proposed approach can significantly reduce the number of polls required to accurately assess the preferences of a community, especially when surveying rural destinations, which are sparsely populated geographic areas situated outside cities and towns.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.18089/tms.2020.160301
ISSN: 2182-8458
Appears in Collections:DMQGE-RN - Artigos em revistas nacionais com arbitragem científica

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