Searchers' assessments of task complexity for web searching

David J. Bell, Ian Ruthven

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Abstract

The complexity of search tasks has been shown to be an important factor in searchers' ability to find relevant information and their satisfaction with the performance of search engines. In user evaluations of search engines an understanding of how task complexity affects search behaviour is important to properly understand the results of an evaluation. In this paper we examine the issue of search task complexity for the purposes of evaluation. In particular we concentrate on the searchers' ability to recognise the internal complexity of search tasks, how complexity is affected by task design, and how complexity affects the success of searching.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event26th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) - Sunderland, UK
Duration: 5 Apr 20047 Apr 2004

Conference

Conference26th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR)
CitySunderland, UK
Period5/04/047/04/04

Keywords

  • searching
  • web searching
  • search engines
  • information retrieval

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    Bell, D. J. & Ruthven, I., 2004, Advances in information retrieval: proceedings of the 26th european conference in information retrieval (ECIR 2004). McDonald, S. & Tait, J. (eds.). Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, p. 57-71 14 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 2997).

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