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Characteristics of the Boolean Web search query: Estimating success from characteristics


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Patro, S and Malhotra, V 2005 , 'Characteristics of the Boolean Web search query: Estimating success from characteristics', paper presented at the First International conferecne on WEB Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST 2005), May 26-28, 2005, Miami, Florida.

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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 Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Patro, S and Malhotra, V
Keywords: Boolean query, web search engines, precision, recall.
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