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Characteristics of the Boolean web search query: estimating success from characteristics


Patro, S and Malhotra, V, Characteristics of the Boolean web search query: estimating success from characteristics, Proceedings the 1st International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies 2005, 26-28 May 2005, Miami, USA, pp. 340-344. ISBN 972-8865-20-1 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]


Popular web search engines use Boolean queries as their main interface for users to search their information needs. The paper presents results a user survey employing volunteer web searchers to determine the effectiveness of the Boolean queries in meeting the information needs. A metric for measuring the quality of a web search query is presented. This enables us to relate attributes of the search session and the Boolean query with its success. Certain easily identified characteristics of a good web search query are identified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information services
Objective Field:Library and archival services
UTAS Author:Patro, S (Mrs Sunanda Patro)
UTAS Author:Malhotra, V (Dr Vishv Malhotra)
ID Code:34443
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Computing
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2017-04-07

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