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Analyzing web multimedia query reformulation behavior

Tseng, Liang-Chun Jack, Tjondronegoro, Dian Wirawan, & Spink, Amanda H. (2009) Analyzing web multimedia query reformulation behavior. In Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Document Computing Symposium, CSIRO, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

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Abstract

Current multimedia Web search engines still use keywords as the primary means to search. Due to the richness in multimedia contents, general users constantly experience some difficulties in formulating textual queries that are representative enough for their needs. As a result, query reformulation becomes part of an inevitable process in most multimedia searches. Previous Web query formulation studies did not investigate the modification sequences and thus can only report limited findings on the reformulation behavior. In this study, we propose an automatic approach to examine multimedia query reformulation using large-scale transaction logs. The key findings show that search term replacement is the most dominant type of modifications in visual searches but less important in audio searches. Image search users prefer the specified search strategy more than video and audio users. There is also a clear tendency to replace terms with synonyms or associated terms in visual queries. The analysis of the search strategies in different types of multimedia searching provides some insights into user’s searching behavior, which can contribute to the design of future query formulation assistance for keyword-based Web multimedia retrieval systems.

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ID Code: 30143
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Multimedia search, Web log analysis, Query reformulation, Search strategy
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
Past > Schools > School of Information Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2010 07:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:12

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