Towards a Story-Based Search Engine for Arabic-Speaking Children

  • Rawan Al-MathamEmail author
  • Wed Ateeq
  • Reem Alotaibi
  • Sarah Alabdulkarim
  • Hend Al-Khalifa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11853)


This paper presents Open image in new window Bukoor, an experimental Arabic children stories search engine built to help children formulate their queries. It utilizes two main query reformulation techniques: query expansion and query suggestions. Both are developed using test collection bi-gram collocation terms and corrections’ query terms generated from Bukoor test collection. It also uses two indexing techniques: Okapi BM25 and Latent Semantic Indexing. Our proposed approach was evaluated using Bukoor children’s stories test collection which showed promising results when using our proposed query expansion with Okapi BM25 indexing.


Bi-gram collocations Query boosting Query expansion Search engine Arabic language Information retrieval Query corrections Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rawan Al-Matham
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wed Ateeq
    • 3
  • Reem Alotaibi
    • 1
  • Sarah Alabdulkarim
    • 2
  • Hend Al-Khalifa
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Technology Department, College of Computer and Information SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Educational PoliciesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Information Technology Department, College of Computer and Information SciencesAl Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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