Exploring the Effects of Language Skills on Multilingual Web Search

  • Jennifer Marlow
  • Paul Clough
  • Juan Cigarrán Recuero
  • Javier Artiles
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-78646-7_14

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4956)
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Marlow J., Clough P., Recuero J.C., Artiles J. (2008) Exploring the Effects of Language Skills on Multilingual Web Search. In: Macdonald C., Ounis I., Plachouras V., Ruthven I., White R.W. (eds) Advances in Information Retrieval. ECIR 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4956. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

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 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Marlow
    • 1
  • Paul Clough
    • 1
  • Juan Cigarrán Recuero
    • 2
  • Javier Artiles
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information StudiesUniversity of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas InformáticosUniversidad Nacional de Educación a DistanciaSpain

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