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Building Better Search Engines by Measuring Search Quality

Ellen M. Voorhees, Paul Over, Ian Soboroff
2014 IT Professional Magazine  
The NIST Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) project has been instrumental in creating the necessary infrastructure to measure the quality of search results for more than twenty years, and has thus helped  ...  Search engines are developed using standard sets of realistic test cases that allow developers to measure the relative effectiveness of alternative approaches.  ...  TREC benefited IR product quality and availability --our research suggests that TREC motivated a large expansion in IR research that has enabled high quality applications such as web search, enterprise  ... 
doi:10.1109/mitp.2013.105 fatcat:hk3zocjbxjawhfuye4k7gkcvqq

Measuring search-engine quality and query difficulty: Ranking with target and freestyle

Robert M. Losee, Lee Anne H. Paris
1999 Journal of the American Society for Information Science  
Instead of using traditional performance measures such as precision and recall, information retrieval performance may be measured by considering the probability that the search engine is optimal and the  ...  The performance of the Target and Freestyle search engines is examined and is very good.  ...  measure of query difficulty and the other being a measure of the probability that the search engine will produce optimal ranking.  ... 
doi:10.1002/(sici)1097-4571(1999)50:10<882::aid-asi5>3.0.co;2-6 fatcat:ujy7du24uzg6hnhledpyuqmika

Web Searching: A Quality Measurement Perspective [chapter]

D. Lewandowski, N. Höchstötter
2008 Web Search  
Findings include that Web search engine quality can not be measured by just retrieval effectiveness (the quality of the results), but should also consider index quality, the quality of the search features  ...  The purpose of this paper is to describe various quality measures for search engines and to ask whether these are suitable. We especially focus on user needs and their use of Web search engines.  ...  We focus on the Web search engine user behaviour to derive strategies to measure Web search engine quality .  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-540-75829-7_16 fatcat:mmjgv6qvjretbmuks342e7plue

'Googling' Terrorists: Are Northern Irish Terrorists Visible on Internet Search Engines? [chapter]

P. Reilly
2008 Web Search  
Findings include that Web search engine quality can not be measured by just retrieval effectiveness (the quality of the results), but should also consider index quality, the quality of the search features  ...  The purpose of this paper is to describe various quality measures for search engines and to ask whether these are suitable. We especially focus on user needs and their use of Web search engines.  ...  We focus on the Web search engine user behaviour to derive strategies to measure Web search engine quality .  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-540-75829-7_10 fatcat:orq6j47dwjetzf37rw7pjrth5u

Measuring index quality using random walks on the Web

Monika R. Henzinger, Allan Heydon, Michael Mitzenmacher, Marc Najork
1999 Computer Networks  
In this paper, we consider a di erent measure for search engines, namely the quality of the pages in a search engine index.  ...  Recent research has studied how to measure the size of a search engine, in terms of the number of pages indexed.  ...  Search engine measurements based on our implementation suggest that search engine indexes di er substantially in quality.  ... 
doi:10.1016/s1389-1286(99)00016-x fatcat:fm32sghgjnfk3kqken2sdoye5i

Evaluation and comparison of search engines using the LSP method

Jozo Dujmovic, Haishi Bai
2006 Computer Science and Information Systems  
The results of performance measurement are then aggregated with all attributes that reflect the functionality and usability of search engines to generate a compound indicator of the overall quality.  ...  Performance analysis of competitive search engines is based on our search engine benchmarking tool (SEben) that is also described in the paper. -PST search engines to satisfy user requirements.  ...  SEben is based on the following design goals: • Measurement of information retrieval qualityMeasurement of response time • Comparison of competitive search engines • Continuous measurement that determines  ... 
doi:10.2298/csis0602031d fatcat:czhzkk7f6nh7pnngokkop6choq

Web searching, search engines and Information Retrieval

Dirk Lewandowski
2006 Information Services and Use  
The article concludes with an overview of factors that should be considered to determine the quality of Web search engines.  ...  This article discusses Web search engines; mainly the challenges in indexing the World Wide Web, the user behaviour, and the ranking factors used by these engines.  ...  Measuring the quality of Web search engines In this article, it was shown that there are many factors that together determine the quality of a Web search engine.  ... 
doi:10.3233/isu-2005-253-402 fatcat:uwnfds33zbg2xiaztq67ticsgi

On improving wikipedia search using article quality

Meiqun Hu, Ee-Peng Lim, Aixin Sun, Hady Wirawan Lauw, Ba-Quy Vuong
2007 Proceedings of the 9th annual ACM international workshop on Web information and data management - WIDM '07  
We develop two quality measurement models, namely Basic and PeerReview, to derive article quality based on co-authoring data gathered from articles' edit history.  ...  Compared with Wikipedia's full-text search engine, Google and Wikiseek, our experimental results showed that (i) quality-only ranking produced by PeerReview gives comparable performance to that of Wikipedia  ...  QUALITY MEASUREMENT MODELS The novelty of our search framework lies in the use of a quality measurement model to derive article quality.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1316902.1316926 dblp:conf/widm/HuLSLV07 fatcat:3sqozero3jef3aj4v5l5kkcdq4

Is Data Quality an Influential Factor on Web Portals' Visibility?

Saeid Saberi, Masnizah Mohd
2013 Procedia Technology - Elsevier  
Therefore, we believe that search engines do not sufficiently correlate quality of content with website visibility.  ...  The data quality level of these portals is assessed and the results are compared with their visibility on search engines.  ...  First, PoDQA tool was utilized to measure data quality and then the data from three different search engines were used to assess visibility of portals.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.protcy.2013.12.265 fatcat:maxzuwhzkvgmdmmjfgkkol6lam

An Extensible Platform for Process Model Search and Evaluation

Christian Ress, Matthias Kunze
2013 International Conference on Business Process Management  
The platform provides researchers with a common infrastructure to embed their search technique in form of a dedicated search engine.  ...  a particular search technique.  ...  Search results are provided as an ordered list along with quality measures, cf. [4] .  ... 
dblp:conf/bpm/RessK13 fatcat:dnlmkykifzbqhf465iwze7asku

A subjective measure of web search quality

M BEG
2005 Information Sciences  
Our emphasis is more to demonstrate the procedure of quality measurement than to carry out the actual performance measurement of these search engines.  ...  In this work, our aim is to outline a procedure for assessing the quality of search results obtained through several popular search engines.  ...  We also discuss briefly the biased meta-search, an application of the Search Quality Measure of the web search engines.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.ins.2004.07.003 fatcat:biomiwgkhjgapbkaqvcis6jr2e

Determining result quality for vertical result merging

Brandeis Marshall
2010 2010 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse & Integration  
Vertical search engines (VSEs) serves as a good alternative to irrelevant results retrieved by generalpurpose search engines. However, a best VSE does not exist for all VSE domains.  ...  We also develop a novel content quality measure to assess the usefulness of our approach as compared to traditional metasearch result merging.  ...  Me' and Cfuse' compute similar quality measures across all weight functions while Me and Cfuse have varying quality.  ... 
doi:10.1109/iri.2010.5558910 dblp:conf/iri/Marshall10a fatcat:cykcwzswprfmxko4bfg46use6e

Quality-Oriented Search for Depression Portals [chapter]

Thanh Tang, David Hawking, Ramesh Sankaranarayana, Kathleen M. Griffiths, Nick Craswell
2009 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
The results show that postprocessed Google outperforms other forms of search engine restricted to the domain of depressive illness on both relevance and quality.  ...  The quality of health web sites can be rated by subject experts against evidence-based guidelines.  ...  Our own previous study [17] included relevance and quality evaluations of health search engines but none of those engines were based on focused crawling or on quality filtering.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-00958-7_60 fatcat:3j77ldgklzhmtgsqsdh2rdgh5y

Automated functional testing of online search services

Zhi Quan Zhou, ShuJia Zhang, Markus Hagenbuchner, T. H. Tse, Fei-Ching Kuo, T. Y. Chen
2010 Software testing, verification & reliability  
Suggestions are made for search service providers to improve their service quality.  ...  The experimental findings reveal that some commonly used search engines, including Google, Yahoo!, and Live Search, are not as reliable as what most users would expect.  ...  They also thank Milly Kc for her help with the calculation of Web page quality scores.  ... 
doi:10.1002/stvr.437 fatcat:jekvyx7cvndp7d5zb4wnelcrfi

Search Engine Evaluation based on Search Engine Switching Prediction

Olga Arkhipova, Lidia Grauer, Igor Kuralenok, Pavel Serdyukov
2015 Proceedings of the 38th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval - SIGIR '15  
We propose a new metric pSwitch for A/B-testing, which allows us to evaluate the quality of search engines in different aspects such as the quality of the user interface and the quality of the ranking  ...  In this paper we present a novel application of the search engine switching prediction model for online evaluation.  ...  We propose a new online metric for measuring and comparing the quality of the search engines via A/B-testing.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2766462.2767786 dblp:conf/sigir/ArkhipovaGKS15 fatcat:h5mxqedfxbauxal2kybkjw6he4
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