Evaluating personal information management behaviour using Markov models

David Elsweiler, Stefan Mandl, Leif Azzopardi

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Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and Personal Information Management (PIM) are two related research problems currently being examined by different, although potentially overlapping communities of researchers. We believe that the crossfertilisation of ideas between these communities could lead to progress in both fields. With this aim in mind, in this position statement we outline our research project, which will use mathematical modelling techniques to help understand and evaluate Personal Information Management behaviour. Evaluation is a major challenge in PIM research and the methods currently available to researchers each have associated problems. In this work, we will discuss the feasibility of using Markov Models to overcome some of these difficulties. Here, we outline some of the challenges involved in PIM evaluation, describe the theory behind the approach and explain how to validate the approach through experimentation in a practical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWM 2009
Subtitle of host publication5th Conference on Professional Knowledge Management, Proceedings
Place of PublicationBonn
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event5th Conference on Professional Knowledge Management, WM 2009 - Solothurn, Switzerland
Duration: 25 Mar 200927 Mar 2009


Conference5th Conference on Professional Knowledge Management, WM 2009


  • Markov models
  • personal information management
  • knowledge management
  • Markov processes


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