Authors: Rozita Jamili Oskouei
Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Mahdishahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mahdishahr, Iran
Abstract: In this paper we describe our experiments and their results to generate unique web signatures for students and study its relationships with their time spent on internet, academic performance and participating in curricular activities. Further, we demonstrate the usage of this web signature to identify outliers in student community based on their different behavioural dimensions. Our results contradict widely held perception that access and usage of internet have adverse effects on academic performance. It seems to contribute positively in academic performance. The major applications of web signature are: 1) to help administrators to predict the more overloaded timing per day and plan for that; 2) to group users based on their similarity of contents of behaviours and establishing social network between those users. Main benefits for creating this social network are to help to fresher students for connecting to professional and expert people and discuss problems or difficulties.
Keywords: web signature; access log files; academic performance; outliers detection; behaviour mining.
International Journal of Web Science, 2019 Vol.3 No.2, pp.83 - 103
Accepted: 14 Jun 2017
Published online: 11 Sep 2019 *