A Little Interaction Can Go a Long Way: Enriching the Query Formulation Process

  • Abdigani Diriye
  • Anastasios Tombros
  • Ann Blandford
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7224)

Abstract

This poster argues for a need for more dialogue and richer information and interaction during query formulation between the user and the system. We present two novel methods – query previews and categorised Interactive Query Expansions – that seek to do just this. Our method enriches a searcher’s query formulation by leveraging semantic information to help identify the topicality of the term, and the outcomes of its selection. The initial findings are largely positive and suggest user preference.

Keywords

Query Formulation Interactive Query Expansion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdigani Diriye
    • 1
  • Anastasios Tombros
    • 2
  • Ann Blandford
    • 1
  1. 1.University College London Interaction CentreUniversity College LondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceQueen Mary University LondonUK

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