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Selected results from a large study of Web searching: the Excite study

Author(s): Amanda Spink | Jack L. Xu

Journal: Information Research: an international electronic journal
ISSN 1368-1613

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 90;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: large-scale data sets | queries | Excite | users | search service | query length | query frequency | Boolean queries | query reformulation | phrase searching | search term distribution | relevance feedback | successive searching | sex-related searching | image queries | multi-lingual aspects

This paper reports selected findings from an ongoing series of studies analyzing large-scale data sets containing queries posed by Excite users, a major Internet search service. The findings presented report on: (1) queries length and frequency, (2) Boolean queries, (3) query reformulation, (4) phrase searching, (5) search term distribution, (6) relevance feedback, (7) viewing pages of results, (8) successive searching, (9) sexually-related searching, (10) image queries and (11) multi-lingual aspects. Further research is discussed.
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