Interactive Search Support for Difficult Web Queries [chapter]

Abdigani Diriye, Giridhar Kumaran, Jeff Huang
2012 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Short and common web queries are aptly supported by stateof-the-art search engines but performance and user experience are degraded when web queries are longer and less common. Extending previous solutions that automatically shorten queries, we introduce searchAssist: a novel search interface that provides interactive support for difficult web queries. The query logs and questionnaires from a naturalistic study of 90 web users' search behaviors show that the usage rate of searchAssist for
more » ... ult queries was almost 40%. The results also highlight the importance of term dropping for long queries, and the improvements obtained in topical relevance when our searchers used searchAssist.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-28997-2_4 fatcat:mftvme5hxbavpcadtchpm7jbqy