Can people collaborate to improve the relevance of search results?
Publication Type:Conference Paper
Source:RecSys'08: Proceedings of the 2008 ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, Lausanne, p.283-286 (2008)
Keywords:Browsing, Explicit feedback, Information Retrieval, Information retrieval systems, Recommender systems, Search engines, Social access patterns, Social search, World Wide Web
Search engines are among the most-used resources on the internet. However, even today's most successful search engines struggle to provide high quality search results. According to recent studies as many as 50 percent of web search sessions fail to find any relevant results for the searcher. Researchers have proposed social search techniques, in which early searchers provide feedback that is used to improve relevance for later searchers. In this paper we investigate foundational questions of social search. In particular, we directly assess the degree of agreement among users about the relevance ranking of search results. We developed a simulated search engine interface that systematically randomizes Google's normal relevance ordering of the items presented to users. Our results show that (a) people are biased toward items in the top of the search lists, even if the list is randomized; (b) people explicit feedback is not biased and (c) people's shared preferences do not always agree with Google's result order. These results suggest that social search techniques might improve the effectiveness of web search engines. © 2008 ACM.
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