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Automatically judging the quality of retrieval functions based on observable user behavior holds promise for making retrieval evaluation faster, cheaper, and more user centered. However, the relationship between observable user behavior and retrieval quality is not yet fully understood. We present a sequence of studies investigating this relationship for an operational search engine on the arXiv.org e-print archive. We find that none of the eight absolute usage metrics we explore (e.g., numberdoi:10.1145/1458082.1458092 dblp:conf/cikm/RadlinskiKJ08 fatcat:kfdvw7cbjjaw7gwmclem3v4x7u