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A comparison of action transitions in individual and collaborative exploratory web search

Yue, Z and Han, S and He, D (2012) A comparison of action transitions in individual and collaborative exploratory web search. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Collaboration in Web search can be characterized as implicit or explicit in terms of intent, and synchronous or asynchronous in terms of concurrency. Different collaboration style may greatly affect search actions. This paper presents a user study aiming to compare search processes in three different conditions: pair of users working on the same Web search tasks synchronously with explicit communication, pair of users working on the same Web search tasks asynchronously without explicit communication and single users work separately. Our analysis of search processes focused on the transition of user search actions logged in our exploratory Web search system called Collab-Search. The results show that the participants exhibited different patterns of search actions under different conditions. We also found that explicit communication is one of the possible sources for users to obtain ideas of queries, and the explicit communication between users also promotes their implicit communication. Finally this study provides some guidance on the range of behaviors and activities that a collaborative search system should support. © Springer-Verlag 2012.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yue, Z
Han, S
He, Ddah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
Date: 31 December 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume: 7675 L
Page Range: 52 - 63
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/978-3-642-35341-3_5
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9783642353406
ISSN: 0302-9743
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 15:53
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 16:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18999

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