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Title: Exploring query formulation and reformulation
Alternative title / Subtitle: a preliminary study to map users’ search behaviour
Authors: Μάστορα, Άννα
Μονόπωλη, Μαρία
Καπιδάκης, Σαράντος
Mastora, Anna
Monopoli, Maria
Kapidakis, Sarantos
Item type: Conference publication
Conference Item Type: Poster
Keywords: Query formulation;Διατύπωση ερωτήματος;Query reformulation;Αναδιατύπωση ερωτημάτων;Search behaviour;Αναζήτηση συμπεριφοράς;Search patterns;Μοτίβα αναζήτησης;Query length;Μήκος ερωτήματος
Subjects: Technology
Library science
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2015
Date of availability: 16-Apr-2015
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Abstract: This study aims to investigate the query formulation and reformulation patterns such as generalisations, specifications, parallel movements and replacements with synonyms within the search procedure. Results showed that users reformulated their queries by using terms contained in the retrieved results while in the query reformulation process they mainly used terms with parallel meanings. Participants used equally either more specific or more general terms for follow-up queries. Finally, the study revealed that a high proportion of same terms were used instead of unique ones; half of them were included in the Eurovoc thesaurus.
Language: English
Citation: Mastora, A., Monopoli, M. and Kapidakis, S. (2008). Exploring query formulation and reformulation: a preliminary study to map users’ search behaviour. 12th European Conference, ECDL 2008, Aarhus, Denmark, September 14-19, 2008., pp. 427-430, 2008. Available from:
Conference: 12th European Conference, ECDL 2008
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
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