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Investigating User Behavior in Document Similarity Judgment for Interactive Clustering-based Search Engines

Author(s): Minghuang Chen | Seiji Yamada | Yasufumi Takama

Journal: Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence
ISSN 1798-0461

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2011;
Original page

This paper investigates the behavior of usersjudging the similarity of documents in order to examine the  user’ s feedback cost for interactive document clustering. Modern web search engines employ linear-style SERPs (search engine result pages). In order to make use of information on continuously growing web, various search engines for the next generation have been studied, among which clustering-based search engines are expected to be promising. It is also important to introduce interactive user feedback mechanism into search engines. The aim of this paper is to study the effective interface design that is suitable for interactive clustering-based search engines. An experiment is conducted with 21 test participants, who were asked to judge the similarity of document pairs based on three conditions: viewing snippet, topic terms, or original text. Those conditions are compared in terms of judgment time and accuracy with ANOVA and chi-square analysis. The typical judging behaviors of the participants are also investigated by eye-tracking system. The results will contribute to the design of interface for interactive clustering-based search engines for the next generation.

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