Categorising Search Sessions: Some Insights from Human Judgments

Russell-Rose, Tony; Clough, Paul and Toms, Elaine G.. 2014. 'Categorising Search Sessions: Some Insights from Human Judgments'. In: IIiX 2014: 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium. Reghensburg, Germany 26-30 August 2014. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

The session is a common unit of interaction that is used in search
log analysis. By analysing sessions, it is possible to identify
distinct classes of searcher behaviour that can be used to design
search applications that better support groups of users based on
their expected behaviours. This paper describes an online card
sort experiment to investigate how people distinguish between
search sessions (i.e., how they group them) to gain insights into
their organising principles and to inform the future use of
automated approaches, such as clustering. Results show patterns
of user behaviour to be the most common way of grouping

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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Performance, Design, Experimentation, Human Factors

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26 August 2014Accepted
26 August 2014Published

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Reghensburg, Germany

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26-30 August 2014

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10 Oct 2019 16:04

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11 Jun 2021 22:53


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