Investigating Users’ Decision-Making Process While Searching Online and Their Shortcuts Towards Understanding

  • Marcelo TibauEmail author
  • Sean W. M. Siqueira
  • Bernardo Pereira Nunes
  • Maria Bortoluzzi
  • Ivana Marenzi
  • Philipp Kemkes
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11007)


This paper presents how we apply Exploratory Search KiP model, a model capable of assisting the visualization of search patterns and identifying best practices associated to users’ decision-making processes, to log analysis and how it helps understand the process and decisions taken while carrying out a search. This study aims to model searches performed through web search tools and educational resources portals, to enable a conceptual framework to support and improve the processes of learning through searches. Applying the model to log analysis, we are able: (1) to see how the information retrieved is used to define decision criteria about which data are worth extracting; (2) to draw inferences and shortcuts to support understanding; (3) to observe how the search intention is modified during search activities; and, (4) to analyze how the purpose that drives the search turned into real actions.


Exploratory search Knowledge-intensive process Web searching Web-based learning Search pattern Search decision-making process 



This work was partially supported by CAPES (through master student bursary) and CNPQ (project: 312039/2015-8 – DT/Bursary Integrating Pedagogical Practices and Methods and Tools of Educational Data Analysis).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Tibau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sean W. M. Siqueira
    • 1
  • Bernardo Pereira Nunes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maria Bortoluzzi
    • 3
  • Ivana Marenzi
    • 4
  • Philipp Kemkes
    • 4
  1. 1.Federal University of the State of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.University of UdineUdineItaly
  4. 4.L3S Research CenterLeibniz University of HannoverHannoverGermany

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