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Cross-situation consistency of mobile App users' psychological needs.

  • Author(s): Sun, Zaoyi
  • Zhang, Pei
  • Ji, Zhiwei
  • Chen, Chuansheng
  • Wan, Qun
  • Qian, Xiuying
  • et al.

Previous studies showed that individuals' traits could be used to explain the similarity of behavioral patterns across different occasions. Such studies have typically focused on personality traits, and have not been extended to psychological needs. Our study used a large dataset of 1,715,078 anonymous users' App usage records to examine whether the individual's needs-based profiles of App usage were consistent across different situations (as indexed by categories of App functions). Results showed a high level of consistency across situations in a user's choice of Apps based on the needs the Apps could satisfy. These results provide clear evidence in support of cross-category App recommendation systems.

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