Characterizing and Predicting Voice Query Reformulation

Ahmed Hassan Awadallah, Ranjitha Gurunath Kulkarni, Umut Ozertem, Rosie Jones
2015 Proceedings of the 24th ACM International on Conference on Information and Knowledge Management - CIKM '15  
Voice interactions are becoming more prevalent as the usage of voice search and intelligent assistants gains more popularity. Users frequently reformulate their requests in hope of getting better results either because the system was unable to recognize what they said or because it was able to recognize it but was unable to return the desired response. Query reformulation has been extensively studied in the context of text input. Many of the characteristics studied in the context of text query
more » ... eformulation are potentially useful for voice query reformulation. However, voice query reformulation has its unique characteristics in terms of the reasons that lead users to reformulating their queries and how they reformulate them. In this paper, we study the problem of voice query reformulation. We perform a large scale human annotation study to collect thousands of labeled instances of voice reformulation and non-reformulation query pairs. We use this data to compare and contrast characteristics of reformulation and non-reformulation queries over a large a number of dimensions. We then train classifiers to distinguish between reformulation and non-reformulation query pairs and to predict the rationale behind reformulation. We demonstrate through experiments with the human labeled data that our classifiers achieve good performance in both tasks.
doi:10.1145/2806416.2806491 dblp:conf/cikm/AwadallahKOJ15 fatcat:clxhk66gpjcy5n6uccdyw2gbzy