International Journal of Networked and Distributed Computing

Volume 8, Issue 3, June 2020, Pages 171 - 193

A Traffic Tracking Analysis Model for the Effective Management of E-commerce Transactions

Authors
Sylvanus A. Ehikioya1, *, , ORCID, Shenghong Lu2
1Department of Computer Science, Baze University, Abuja, Nigeria
2Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2

The initial research for this paper was carried out while Dr. S. A. Ehikioya was with the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

*Corresponding author. Email: ehikioya@gmail.com
Corresponding Author
Sylvanus A. Ehikioya
Received 24 February 2020, Accepted 22 April 2020, Available Online 25 May 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/ijndc.k.200515.006How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Traffic tracking and analysis, data mining, personalization and recommendation systems, path analysis tree, Web log files, packet monitors, single-pixel image
Abstract

The increasing popularity of the Internet and e-commerce makes online merchants to constantly seek tools that would permit them to attract new and retain old customers. Traffic tracking and analysis tools can help businesses know more about their customers. These tools track visitors’ behaviors on Web sites. The information obtained from Web traffic tracking and analysis can help online merchants target specific audiences with customized products and services. Most commonly used approaches include Web log file, packet monitors, and single-pixel image approach. Each of these approaches has some drawbacks, which limits the types of data it can track or the user environment. In this paper, we propose a tracking and analysis approach, which has fewer limitations and more advantages than the existing approaches. We discuss three different approaches (i.e., improved single-pixel image, JavaScript tracking and HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) proxy server), which work together to track a user’s activities. In addition to basic analysis, we implement advanced analysis such as path analysis tree and user clustering. Path analysis is pivotal for Web site management and marketing in e-commerce. In modeling the tracking and analysis approach, we used a formal technique to guide quality assurance imperatives.

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Journal
International Journal of Networked and Distributed Computing
Volume-Issue
8 - 3
Pages
171 - 193
Publication Date
2020/05
ISSN (Online)
2211-7946
ISSN (Print)
2211-7938
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/ijndc.k.200515.006How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press SARL.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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