Evaluating the retrieval effectiveness of Web search engines using a representative query sample

@article{Lewandowski2015EvaluatingTR,
  title={Evaluating the retrieval effectiveness of Web search engines using a representative query sample},
  author={Dirk Lewandowski},
  journal={JASIST},
  year={2015},
  volume={66},
  pages={1763-1775}
}
Search engine retrieval effectiveness studies are usually small-scale, using only limited query samples. Furthermore, queries are selected by the researchers. We address these issues by taking a random representative sample of 1,000 informational and 1,000 navigational queries from a major German search engine and comparing Google’s and Bing’s results based on this sample. Jurors were found through crowdsourcing, data was collected using specialised software, the Relevance Assessment Tool (RAT… CONTINUE READING

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