“What was this Movie About this Chick?”

A Comparative Study of Relevance Aspects in Book and Movie Discovery
  • Toine BogersEmail author
  • Maria Gäde
  • Marijn Koolen
  • Vivien Petras
  • Mette Skov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10766)


In recent decades, information retrieval research has slowly expanded its focus to address the wealth of complex search requests present in our work and leisure environments. A better understanding of such complex needs could aid in the design of more effective, domain-specific search engines. In this paper we take a first step towards such domain-specific understanding. We present an analysis of a random sample of 1000+ complex book and movie search requests posted in the LibraryThing and Internet Movie Database forums. A coding scheme was developed that captures the 29 different relevance aspects expressed in these requests. We find that while the identified relevance aspects are remarkably similar for complex book and movie requests, their relative occurrence does vary considerably from domain to domain.


Query analysis Book search Movie search Information need categorization Relevance aspects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science, Policy and Information Studies, Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg University CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Berlin School of Library and Information ScienceHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Huygens INGRoyal Netherlands Academy of Arts and SciencesAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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