publication . Article . 2006

Query transformations and their role in Web searching by the members of the general public

Martin Whittle; Barry Eaglestone; Nigel Ford; Valerie J. Gillet; Andrew Madden;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006 Journal: Information Research: An International Electronic Journal (issn: 1368-1613, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Borås
Abstract
<br><b>Introduction.</b> This paper reports preliminary research in a primarily experimental study of how the general public search for information on the Web. The focus is on the query transformation patterns that characterise searching. <br><b>Method.</b> In this work, we have used transaction logs from the Excite search engine to develop methods for analysing query transformations that should aid the analysis of our ongoing experimental work. Our methods involve the use of similarity techniques to link queries with the most similar previous query in a train. The resulting query transformations are represented as a list of codes representing a whole search. <b...
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free text keywords: Give a brief statement of the subject of the paper, Bibliography. Library science. Information resources, Z
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