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The goal of this paper is to provide guidance to researchers investigating exploratory search behaviors and exploratory search systems. It focuses on the design of search tasks assigned in such studies. Based on a review of past studies, a set of task characteristics associated with exploratory search tasks are identified: exploratory search tasks focus on(More)
Context influences the search process, but to date research has not definitively identified which aspects of context are the most influential for information retrieval, and thus are worthy of integration in today's retrieval systems. In this research, we isolated for examination two aspects of context: task and document genre and examined the relationship(More)
a Person to whom all correspondence should be sent: toms@fis.utoronto.ca This paper reports the findings of an exploratory study carried out as part of the Interactive Track at the 10 th annual Text Retrieval Conference (TREC). Forty-eight, non-expert participants each completed four Web search tasks from among four specified topic areas: shopping,(More)
Use of document genre in information retrieval systems has the potential to improve the task-appropriateness of results. However, genre classification remains a challenging problem. We describe a case study of genre classification in a software engineering workplace domain, which includes the development of a genre taxonomy and experiments in automatic(More)
The SIGIR 2013 Workshop on Modeling User Behavior of Information Retrieval Evaluation brought together researchers interested in improving Cranfield-style evaluation of information retrieval through the modeling of user behavior. The workshop included two invited talks, ten short paper presentations, and breakout groups. Workshop participants brainstormed(More)
1. Abstract The objective of our work is to assess how search interfaces can be personalized according to domain-specific needs. In this study we investigated how people search within diverse domains (consumer health, shopping, travel and general research) to identify differences in searching needs. A mixed method research design was used to observe(More)