api features

Recommendations now update in near real-time

Submitted by Sugestio on 3 May 2011 - 3:50pm

Established algorithms like Collaborative Filtering recommend content based on the behavior data of all your users. This way, updating the recommendations for a single user requires too much time and processing power to keep up with their current actions. The easy solution is to update recommendations periodically for all users, but this leaves them lagging way behind. Now, the latest version of our API can recommend content to your users based on their most recent activity. To use this new feature, add the parameter *engine=instant* to your API calls:

GET /sites/{account}/users/{userid}/recommendations.xml?engine=instant

While this technique may be somewhat less accurate, recommendations do update in near real time. Combining these instant recommendations with periodically calculated ones gives you the best of both worlds.

Introducing location-based recommendations

Submitted by Sugestio on 26 November 2010 - 3:10pm

Delivering a personalized experience to your website visitor or application user is quickly becoming all-important. At the same time, users are becoming more mobile, consuming more services while on the move. Cultural events and recreation are just two domains where location-awareness can create enormous added value. The latest version of our API lets webmasters and developers bring Location into play by letting them narrow down personal recommendations and similar items to a specific geographic region. The area of interest is defined by three parameters:
  • Latitude and longitude - recommendations must be near these decimal degree coordinates.
  • Radius - recommendations must be within this radius of the given coordinates.
  • Unit - unit of the radius, e.g., miles or kilometers.
Offering location-based recommendations is easy with our developer libraries. Do you have a website or mobile application that would benefit from location-based recommendations? Find out how to get started with Sugestio!
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