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Searchers' assessments of task complexity for web searching

Bell, David J. and Ruthven, Ian (2004) Searchers' assessments of task complexity for web searching. In: 26th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), 2004-04-05 - 2004-04-07, Sunderland, UK.

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The complexity of search tasks has been shown to be an important factor in searchers' ability to find relevant information and their satisfaction with the performance of search engines. In user evaluations of search engines an understanding of how task complexity affects search behaviour is important to properly understand the results of an evaluation. In this paper we examine the issue of search task complexity for the purposes of evaluation. In particular we concentrate on the searchers' ability to recognise the internal complexity of search tasks, how complexity is affected by task design, and how complexity affects the success of searching.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 1917
Notes: Paper published in: Advances in Information Retrieval: Proceedings of the 26th European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR 2004), Springer-Verlag, ISBN: 3540213821. (This is a variant record)
Keywords: searching, web searching, search engines, information retrieval
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2006
Last modified: 11 Dec 2015 20:51
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