30, 000 hits may be better than 300: Precision anomalies in Internet searches

@article{Eastman2002300H,
  title={30, 000 hits may be better than 300: Precision anomalies in Internet searches},
  author={Caroline M. Eastman},
  journal={JASIST},
  year={2002},
  volume={53},
  pages={879-882}
}
Conventional wisdom holds that more precisely and narrowly formulated Internet queries not only are much less likely to return overwhelming numbers of hits but also to give better precision. We find that this is not necessarily the case. A comparison of the performance of different query formulations indicates that, although more narrowly formulated queries (conjunctive or phrase) may retrieve fewer items, the relative precision for the top ranked items may not be as good. Because users are… CONTINUE READING

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