Analyzing the Influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior

Toine Bogers, Maria Gäde, Mark M. Hall, Mette Skov

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English content still dominates in many online domains and information systems, despite native English speakers being a minority of its users. However, we know little about how language proficiency influences search behavior in these systems. In this paper, we describe preliminary results from an interactive IR experiment with book search behavior and examine how language skills affect this behavior. A total of 97 users from 21 different countries participated in this experiment, resulting in a rich data set including usage data as well as questionnaire feedback. Although participants reported feeling language constraints, a preliminary analysis of native and non-native English speakers indicate little to no meaningful differences in their search behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of iConference 2016 : Partnership with Society
Number of pages5
Publication date21 Mar 2016
ISBN (Print)978-0-9884900-2-4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventiConference 2016: Partnership with Society - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 20 Mar 201623 Mar 2016


ConferenceiConference 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Information Retrieval
  • Language Proficiency
  • Search Behavior
  • Book Search
  • Native vs. Non-Native Speakers


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