Query Modifications Patterns During Web Searching

Narayan, Bhuva, Spink, Amanda H., & Jansen, Bernard J. (2007) Query Modifications Patterns During Web Searching. In Latifi, S (Ed.) Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Information Technology, IEEE, Las Vegas, Nevada, pp. 439-444.

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We examine 2,465,145 interactions from 534,507 users of Dogpile.com submitted 6 May 2005. We compare query reformulation patterns. We investigate the type of query modifications and query modification transitions within sessions. Searchers most often modified their query by changing query terms (nearly 23% of all query modifications). Searchers' queries undergoing modification typically transition from Web to image collections in content shifts (37% of all content transitions), and searchers typically implement assistance at the start of a session or when switching content collections (21% of all assistance usage). This research sheds light on the more complex aspects of Web searching involving query modifications

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ID Code: 14315
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Web queries, Web searching, Web sessions, query reformulation, search engines
DOI: 10.1109/ITNG.2007.164
ISBN: 0769527760
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: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 IEEE
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