Influence of timeline and named-entity components on user engagement

Yashar Moshfeghi, Michael Matthews, Roi Blanco, Joemon M. Jose

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Nowadays, successful applications are those which contain features that captivate and engage users. Using an interactive news retrieval system as a use case, in this paper we study the effect of timeline and named-entity components on user engagement. This is in contrast with previous studies where the importance of these components were studied from a retrieval effectiveness point of view. Our experimental results show significant improvements in user engagement when named-entity and timeline components were installed. Further, we investigate if we can predict user-centred metrics through user's interaction with the system. Results show that we can successfully learn a model that predicts all dimensions of user engagement and whether users will like the system or not. These findings might steer systems that apply a more personalised user experience, tailored to the user's preferences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval
Subtitle of host publication35th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2013, Moscow, Russia, March 24-27, 2013. Proceedings
EditorsPavel Serdyukov, Pavel Braslavski, Sergei O. Kuznetsov, Jaap Kamps, Stefan Rüger, Eugene Agichtein, Ilya Segalovich, Emine Yilmaz
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2013
Event35th European conference on IR Research - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 24 Mar 201327 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference35th European conference on IR Research
Abbreviated titleECIR 2013
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation


  • retrieval effectiveness
  • retrieval system
  • user engagement


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