Patterns and transitions of query reformulation during web searching

Jansen, Bernard J., Zhang, Mimi, & Spink, Amanda H. (2007) Patterns and transitions of query reformulation during web searching. International Journal of Web Information Systems, 3(4), pp. 328-340.

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Purpose – To investigate and identify the patterns of interaction between searchers and search engine during web searching.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors examined 2,465,145 interactions from 534,507 users of submitted on May 6, 2005, and compared query reformulation patterns. They investigated the type of query modifications and query modification transitions within sessions.

Findings – The paper identifies three strong query reformulation transition patterns: between specialization and generalization; between video and audio, and between content change and system assistance. In addition, the findings show that web and images content were the most popular media collections.

Originality/value – This research sheds light on the more complex aspects of web searching involving query modifications.

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ID Code: 48434
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Information searches, Internet, Pattern recognition equipment
DOI: 10.1108/17440080710848116
ISSN: 1744-0084
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2012 23:27
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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