Milne, D., Nichols, D.M. & Witten, I.H. (2008). A competitive environment for exploratory query expansion. In Proceeding of the 8th ACM/IEEE-CS joint Conference on Digital libraries, Pittsburgh PA, PA, USA, June 16-20, 2008 (pp. 197-200). New York, NY, USA: ACM.
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Most information workers query digital libraries many times a day. Yet people have little opportunity to hone their skills in a controlled environment, or compare their performance with others in an objective way. Conversely, although search engine logs record how users evolve queries, they lack crucial information about the user's intent. This paper describes an environment for exploratory query expansion that pits users against each other and lets them compete, and practice, in their own time and on their own workstation. The system captures query evolution behavior on predetermined information-seeking tasks. It is publicly available, and the code is open source so that others can set up their own competitive environments.
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