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Tagging with Queries: How and Why?

Antonellis, Ioannis and Garcia-Molina, Hector and Karim, Jawed (2009) Tagging with Queries: How and Why? In: Second ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining WSDM 2009, Late Breaking Results Session, February 9-13, 2009, Barcelona, Spain.


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Web search queries capture the information need of search engine users. Search engines store these queries in their logs and analyze them to guide their search results. In this work, we argue that not only a search engine can benefit from data stored in these logs, but also the web users. We first show how clickthrough logs can be collected in a distributed fashion using the http referer field in web server access logs. We then perform a set of experiments to study the information value of search engine queries when treated as "tags" or "labels" for the web pages that both appear as a result and the user actually clicks on. We ask how much extra information these query tags provide for web pages by comparing them to tags from the bookmarking site and to the pagetext. We find that query tags can provide substantially many (on average 250 tags per URL), new tags (on average 125 tags per URL are not present in the pagetext) for a large fraction of the Web.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:query tags, query logs, click logs, tagging, web search, web navigation
Projects:Digital Libraries
ID Code:903
Deposited By:Ioannis Antonellis
Deposited On:17 Feb 2009 08:11
Last Modified:17 Feb 2009 08:11

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