Sunday, February 22, 2015

Example of Review Summaries

Where to stay on my next visit? Find me a comfy hotel with hot breakfast please...

Have you ever found it a daunting task to find a decent hotel to stay at during a business or a leisurely trip? Typically, when looking for a place to stay or just crash for a night or two, we would visit sites like Tripadvisor and and end up reading reviews after reviews after reviews on these sites...only to find that we are going around in circles and getting confused along the way, trying to shortlist a few that actually fit the bill. Not only is this a waste of time, it is hard to keep track of which hotel is good in which aspect. If you forget, you are back to square one...back to reading reviews all over again for that hotel. Bottom line: it can get quite messy.

FindiLike Hotel Search, a web system developed by a research team from the University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign aims to change all of that. Instead of randomly exploring hotels and reading a ton of reviews, if you sort of know what you want, say a generally clean hotel, you can tell the system that this is a preference that is really important to you. Another example is, let us say you are from South Africa and know nothing about Los Angeles but your business meeting is going to be close to downtown LA. All you know is downtown LA is a pretty dangerous place to be in. With FindiLike Hotel Search, you can actually issue searches that enables you to find hotels that are close to dowtown LA and are generally safe. Here is an example:

You can actually specify your pesonal criteria in the search box and what you get back are hotels that are said to be "safe" and "close to downtown". Notice that the preferences are actually natural keyword queries. So you can basically express anything you want. The hotels are ranked by how well it matches your preferences. For each ranked hotel, you have a breakdown of how well each of your preference is matched and also an overall score indicating how well this hotel matches all of your preferences.

The review snippets for each preference allows you to confirm that the hotel is indeed what you are looking for. You can also view all the related reviews for each preference if you need more information or simply want to do your due diligence.

FindiLike Hotel Search also provides a summary of the reviews, which gives you the general sentiments about the hotel. Here is an example:

Apart from all these cool features, FindiLike Hotel Search also has the standard features that allows you to view hotel information from various sources like Google Place Page and and you can also compare rates, filter by price and so on. Give it a try and see if you like it...give the team constructive feedback so that you see features that are really important to you in the near future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FindiLike Hotel Search?

FindiLike Hotel Search is a preference driven search system designed to help users make decisions based on what matters most to them. All you need to do is specify your personal preferences using keywords or a set of pre-defined attributes, and FindiLike Hotel Search will rank the products/services based on your personal trade-offs. You can then analyze each recommendation based on the available tools to help you make an informed decision. As a start we allow the search for all hotels in the United States. We are continuously improving the system, so if you have any suggestions or helpful features you would like to see, feel free to contact us.

What is TotalMatch?

TotalMatch is a combination score which indicates how well the results align with the specified preferences. For example if you use only opinion preferences, and a hotel matches your preference on 'clean hotels' but does not match your preference for 'safe location', then TotalMatch will be low. If all the opinion related preferences are matched well but perhaps the distance and price requirements are not fulfilled, then TotalMatch will again be low. If all preferences are matched reasonably well, then the score is usually above 3. For convenience, this score is always on a scale of 5.

Can I License This Technology for My Reviews?

Please contact us to find out how to use our technology for your reviews. We also license parts of the technology such as the review aggregation and summarization, search and others separately.

More questions or other inquiries?

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Finding hotels using your own criteria! "Pet Friendly", "Clean", "Safe"

One annoying problem with finding hotels is that you cannot look up hotels by the opinions of other users. This leaves you with no choice but to explore the reviews of each hotel and read at least 5-10 reviews to help you make a decision. This can often be confusing as you need to keep track of which hotel satisfied which one of your personal requirements.
With FindiLike Hotel Search, you can now look up hotels based on your opinion preferences. It recommends only hotels that closely match your criteria and you are visually informed about how well each of the hotels match your requirements. All you need to do is express what you would like to see in a hotel. Whether you are looking for "hotels with good customer service" or "hotels close to getty center", you would just need to specify using natural keyword queries. Here are some examples of what you can look for:

Los Angeles, California Hotels

Champaign, Illinois Hotels

Las Vegas, Nevada Hotels