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Where do the query terms come from? An analysis of query reformulation in collaborative web search

Yue, Z and Jiang, J and Han, S and He, D (2012) Where do the query terms come from? An analysis of query reformulation in collaborative web search. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper presents a user study aiming to investigate the query reformulation in collaborative Web search. 7 pairs of participants were recruited and each pair worked as a team on two collaborative exploratory Web search tasks. Through the log analysis, we compared possible sources for participants to draw query terms from. The results show that both search and collaborative actions are possible resources for new query terms. Traditional resources for query expansion such as previous search histories and relevant documents are still important resources for new query terms. The content in chat and workspace generated by participants themselves seems more likely to be the resource for new query terms than that of their partners. Task types also affect the influences on query reformulations. For the academic task, previously saved relevance documents are the most important resources for new query terms while chat histories are the most important resources for the leisure task. © 2012 ACM.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yue, Z
Jiang, J
Han, S
He, Ddah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
Date: 19 December 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Page Range: 2595 - 2598
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1145/2396761.2398700
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781450311564
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 13:58


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