Hotel selection utilizing online reviews: a novel decision support model based on sentiment analysis and DL-VIKOR method

    Xia Liang Affiliation
    ; Peide Liu Affiliation
    ; Zhihao Wang Affiliation


With the considerable development of tourism market, as well as the expansion of the e-commerce platform scale, increasing tourists often prefer to select tourism products such as services or hotels online. Thus, it needs to provide an efficient decision support model for tourists to select tourism products. Online reviews based on the user experience would help tourists improve decision efficiency on tourism products. Therefore, in this study, a quantitative method for hotel selection with online reviews is proposed. First, with respect this problem with online reviews, by analyzing sentiment words in online reviews, tourists’ sentiment preferences are transformed into the format of distribution linguistic with respect to sentiment levels. Second, from a theoretical perspective, we proposed a method to determine the ideal solution and nadir solution for distribution linguistic evaluations. Next, based on the frequency of words for evaluating hotel and the distribution linguistic evaluations, the weight vector of the evaluation features is determined. Further, a novel DL-VIKOR method is developed to rank and then to select hotels. Finally, a realistic case from for selecting hotel is used to demonstrate practically and feasibility of the proposed model.

First published online 19 July 2019

Keyword : decision making, quantitative method, online reviews, hotel selection, distribution linguistic

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Liang, X., Liu, P., & Wang, Z. (2019). Hotel selection utilizing online reviews: a novel decision support model based on sentiment analysis and DL-VIKOR method. Technological and Economic Development of Economy, 25(6), 1139-1161.
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