Looking for Books in Social Media: An Analysis of Complex Search Requests

Marijn Koolen, Toine Bogers, Jaap Kamps, Antal Van den Bosch

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    Abstract

    Real-world information needs are generally complex, yet almost all research focuses instead on either relatively simple search based on queries or recommendation based on profiles. It is difficult to gain insight into complex information needs from observational studies with existing systems; potentially complex needs are obscured by the systems’ limitations. In this paper we study explicit information requests in social media, focusing on the rich area of social book search. We analyse a large set of annotated book requests from the LibraryThing discussion forums. We investigate 1) the comprehensiveness of book requests on the forums, 2) what relevance aspects are expressed in real-world book search requests, and 3) how different types of search topics are related to types of users, human recommendations, and results returned by retrieval and recommender systems. We find that book search requests combine search and recommendation aspects in intricate ways that require more than only traditional search or (hybrid) recommendation approaches.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelAdvances in Information Retrieval
    RedaktørerAllan Hanbury, Gabriella Kazai, Andreas Rauber, Norbert Fuhr
    Antal sider13
    UdgivelsesstedGermany
    ForlagSpringer VS
    Publikationsdato29 mar. 2015
    Sider184-196
    ISBN (Trykt)978-3-319-16353-6
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 29 mar. 2015
    NavnLecture Notes in Computer Science

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