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Advances in Information Retrieval

Volume 4956 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 126-137

Exploring the Effects of Language Skills on Multilingual Web Search

  • Jennifer MarlowAffiliated withDepartment of Information Studies, University of Sheffield
  • , Paul CloughAffiliated withDepartment of Information Studies, University of Sheffield
  • , Juan Cigarrán RecueroAffiliated withDepartamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
  • , Javier ArtilesAffiliated withDepartamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

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Abstract

Multilingual access is an important area of research, especially given the growth in multilingual users of online resources. A large body of research exists for Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR); however, little of this work has considered the language skills of the end user, a critical factor in providing effective multilingual search functionality. In this paper we describe an experiment carried out to further understand the effects of language skills on multilingual search. Using the Google Translate service, we show that users have varied language skills that are non-trivial to assess and can impact their multilingual searching experience and search effectiveness.

Keywords

Cross-language web search user study design language skills