Two scrolls or one click: A cost model for browsing search results

Azzopardi, Leif & Zuccon, Guido (2016) Two scrolls or one click: A cost model for browsing search results. In Advances in Information Retrieval: 38th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2016, Padua, Italy, March 20-23, 2016. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Padua, Italy, pp. 696-702.

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Modeling how people interact with search interfaces has been of particular interest and importance to the field of Interactive Information Retrieval. Recently, there has been a move to developing formal models of the interaction between the user and the system, whether it be to run a simulation, conduct an economic analysis, measure system performance, or simply to better understand the interactions. In this paper, we present a cost model that characterizes a user examining search results. The model shows under what conditions the interface should be more scroll based or more click based and provides ways to estimate the number of results per page based on the size of the screen and the various interaction costs. Further extensions to the model could be easily included to model different types of browsing and other costs.

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ID Code: 95667
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-30671-1_55
ISBN: 9783319306704
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 > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
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Deposited On: 20 May 2016 00:30
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 04:36

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