9. Introduce Chance
Giving users the option to activate a chance effect into their recommendations leads to more diverse recommendations.
What can designers do with this pattern?
Google’s “I feel lucky” button is an early ancestor. The “Spin the Reel” concept also builds on this idea.
Input or output?
How do users control the algorithm?
By activating some random process they increase diversity of the output.
How do users understand the control?
They understand chance plays a big role so they may expect recommendation surprises.
Some examples of use
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Comments & Talks
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