Searching for Movies: An Exploratory Analysis of Movie-related Information Needs

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Despite a surge in popularity of work on casual leisure search, some leisure domains are still relatively underrepresented. Movies are good example of such a domain, which is peculiar given the popularity of movie-centered websites and discovery services such as IMDB, RottenTomatoes, and Netflix. In this paper, we present an exploratory analysis of IMDB movie discussion threads that contain requests for movies to watch. Through emergent coding we produce a taxonomy of relevance aspects for movie search and selection. Our analysis shows that topical aspects, such as content, metadata, and known-item search, are important for movie selection practices. Other requests focus more on recommendation and feature many subjective relevance aspects, such as the tone of a movie or its intended audience. This suggests efficient access to movies is likely to require different information access paradigms to satisfy all the movie-related information needs expressed in the threads.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of iConference 2015
Number of pages6
Publication date24 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventiConference 2015: Create, Collaborate, Celebrate - Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Mar 201527 Mar 2015


ConferenceiConference 2015
LocationNewport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA


  • Movie search
  • Relevance aspects
  • Casual leisure search
  • IMDB discussion threads
  • Recommendation systems


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