Cognitive Processes in Query Generation

  • Claudia Hauff
  • Geert-Jan Houben
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6931)


Known-item search is the search for a specific document that is known to exist. This task is particularly important in Personal Information Management (PIM), where it is the most common search activity. A major obstacle to research in search technologies for PIM is the lack of publicly accessible test corpora. As a potential solution, pseudo-desktop corpora and automatic query generation have been proposed. These approaches though do not take the cognitive processes into account that take place when a user formulates a re-finding query. The human memory is not perfect, and many factors influence a user’s ability to recall information. In this work, we propose a model that accounts for these cognitive processes in the automatic query generation setting.


False Memory Assistive Technology Query Term Query Generation Test Corpus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Hauff
    • 1
  • Geert-Jan Houben
    • 1
  1. 1.WISDelft University of TechnologyDelftthe Netherlands

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