Help me search: Leveraging user-system collaboration for query construction to improve accuracy for difficult queries

Saar Kuzi, Anusri Pampari, Abhishek Narwekar, Cheng Xiang Zhai

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Abstract

In this paper, we address the problem of difficult queries by using a novel strategy of collaborative query construction where the search engine would actively engage users in an iterative process to continuously revise a query. This approach can be implemented in any search engine to provide search support for users via a “Help Me Search” button, which a user can click on as needed. We focus on studying a specific collaboration strategy where the search engine and the user work together to iteratively expand a query. We propose a possible implementation for this strategy in which the system generates candidate terms by utilizing the history of interactions of the user with the system. Evaluation using a simulated user study shows the great promise of the proposed approach. We also perform a case study with three real users which further illustrates the potential effectiveness of the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2019 - Proceedings of the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1221-1224
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361729
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2019
Event42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2019 - Paris, France
Duration: Jul 21 2019Jul 25 2019

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2019 - Proceedings of the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2019
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/21/197/25/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Software

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