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TOPIC: How are apps sorted when users view them?

How are apps sorted when users view them? 10 years 1 month ago #15

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It's a two stage process, and the rules are still being refined as of this date, but here's how it works right now.

When a user clicks the "Find Great Apps" button in an application that has integrated App Share or is using a standalone application to view apps, the app send a request to our server which includes the categories to filter on (the default is ALL if no categories are selected).

Our web service first finds the apps that fit those filters and have unused pages views (these will be given a weight of 1.2). If it finds less than the number of apps the client has asked for, it then adds apps which fit the category or categories but don't have any unused page views (weighted at 1.0). If it still doesn't have enough apps to fill the request, it will add apps that are in the parent category and have unused page views (weighted at 0.8), and will then look for apps in the parent category with no unused page views if needed (weighted at 0.6). Note that once we have enough apps in the system going to the parent category will rarely if ever occur, but it's there to make sure the user is seeing enough apps to keep them interested.

Once the web service has all the apps that will be sent, it then sorts the apps according to the user preferences, and using the weightings calculated when the apps were found. If the client app doesn't send a sort preference, the apps are sorted according to the average star rating (again using the weighting).

We think the above method gives the user the apps they want to see while still giving priority to the apps whose developers are active in App Share for Android.

The formula is always under review and developers are welcome to suggest improvements and modifications to it at any time. We will try to keep this FAQ up to date when changes are made.
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