A day in the life of web searching: an exploratory study

Ozmutlu, Seda, Spink, Amanda H., & Ozmutlu, H. Cenk (2004) A day in the life of web searching: an exploratory study. Information Processing and Management, 40(2), pp. 319-345.

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Understanding Web searching behavior is important in developing more successful and cost-efficient Web search engines. We provide results from a comparative time-based Web study of US-based Excite and Norwegian-based Fast Web search logs, exploring variations in user searching related to changes in time of the day. Findings suggest: (1) fluctuations in Web user behavior over the day, (2) user investigations of query results are much longer, and submission of queries and number of users are much higher in the mornings, and (3) some query characteristics, including terms per query and query reformulation, remain steady throughout the day. Implications and further research are discussed.

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ID Code: 4666
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4573(03)00044-X
ISSN: 0306-4573
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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