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Deriving query suggestions for site search

Kruchwitz, Udo; Lungley, Deirdre; Albakour, M-Dyaa and Song, Dawei (2013). Deriving query suggestions for site search. Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technology (accepted)., 64(10) pp. 1975–1994.

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Modern search engines have been moving away from very simplistic interfaces that aimed at satisfying a user’s need with a single-shot query. Interactive features such as query suggestions and faceted search are now integral parts of Web search engines. Gener- ating good query modification suggestions or alternative queries to assist a searcher remains however a challenging issue. Query log analysis is one of the major strands of work in this direction. While much research has been performed on query logs collected on the Web as a whole, query log analysis to enhance search on smaller and more focused collections has attracted less attention, despite its increasing practical importance. In this paper, we re- port on a systematic study on different query modification methods applied to a substantial query log collected on a local Web site that already employs an interactive search engine. The purpose of the analysis is to explore different methods for exploiting the query logs to derive new query modification suggestions. We conducted experiments in which we asked users to assess the relevance of potential query modification suggestions that have been constructed using a range of log analysis methods as well as different baseline approaches. The experimental results demonstrate the usefulness of log analysis to extract query mod- ification suggestions. Furthermore, our experiments demonstrate that a more fine-grained approach than grouping search requests into sessions allows to extract better refinement terms from query log files. Finally, locally collected log files are shown to be potentially useful for extracting term relations that are relevant beyond the domain on which they were collected.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 ASIS&T
ISSN: 1532-2890
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 35792
Depositing User: Dawei Song
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 16:55
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 17:53
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