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Incorporating user search behaviour into relevance feedback

Ruthven, I. and Lalmas, M. and van Rijsbergen, C.J. (2003) Incorporating user search behaviour into relevance feedback. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 54 (6). pp. 528-548.

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Abstract

In this paper we present five user experiments on incorporating behavioural information into the relevance feedback process. In particular we concentrate on ranking terms for query expansion and selecting new terms to add to the user's query. Our experiments are an attempt to widen the evidence used for relevance feedback from simply the relevant documents to include information on how users are searching. We show that this information can lead to more successful relevance feedback techniques. We also show that the presentation of relevance feedback to the user is important in the success of relevance feedback.