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Approximating User Values to Preserve Privacy - A Proposal

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Users have different sets of personal values, such as benevolence, self-direction, and tradition. Among other factors, these personal values influence users' emotions, preferences, motivations, and ways of performing tasks - and hence, information needs. The authors sketch a method where, during software development, multiple value-dependent interface variants with different functions are created. When used the first time, personal values of the individual user are identified, and the software presents itself in the variant that best matches these values. In this paper, they focus on identifying values when using software the first time. Currently used methods to identify values are work intensive and/or solicit personal user information.

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