Evaluating Usability of a Long Query Meta Search Engine

Taksa, Isak & Spink, Amanda H. (2007) Evaluating Usability of a Long Query Meta Search Engine. In Sprague, R. (Ed.) 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2007. (HICSS 2007), 3-6 January 2007, Hawaii, USA.

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Usability is an important factor for search engine acceptance. This paper examines usability of a long query meta search engine. The engine was designed to accept and process an unlimited size query expressed in natural language. We briefly review current search engine usability research and then apply some of the common metrics to various tasks of the search and retrieval process beginning with query formulation and concluding with knowledge discovery in relevant search results. We report on users' utilization of many features offered by the engine which enhance the search experience, increase the quality of the search results and improve the usability measurements. Additionally, the implications of this study on the advancement of search engine development are discussed

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ID Code: 14297
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: data mining, natural languages, query formulation, search engines
DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2007.214
ISBN: 0769527558
ISSN: 1530-1605
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Information Retrieval and Web Search (080704)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 IEEE
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Deposited On: 05 Aug 2008 00:00
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