Improving Web Search Using Contextual Retrieval

Dilip K. Limbu, Andrew M. Connor, Russel Pears, Stephen G. MacDonell
2009 2009 Sixth International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations  
Contextual retrieval is a critical technique for today's search engines in terms of facilitating queries and returning relevant information. This paper reports on the development and evaluation of a system designed to tackle some of the challenges associated with contextual information retrieval from the World Wide Web (WWW). The developed system has been designed with a view to capturing both implicit and explicit user data which is used to develop a personal contextual profile. Such profiles
more » ... an be shared across multiple users to create a shared contextual knowledge base. These are used to refine search queries and improve both the search results for a user as well as their search experience. An empirical study has been undertaken to evaluate the system against a number of hypotheses. In this paper, results related to one are presented that support the claim that users can find information more readily using the contextual search system.
doi:10.1109/itng.2009.133 dblp:conf/itng/LimbuCPM09 fatcat:gaumdzclp5b7topwknbmzxphga