Displaying relevance scores for search results

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Abstract

Internet search engines typically compute a relevance score for webpages given the query terms, and then rank the pages by decreasing relevance scores. The popular search engines do not, however, present the relevance scores that were computed during this process. We suggest that these relevance scores may contain information that can help users make conscious decisions. In this paper we evaluate in a user study how users react to the display of such scores. The results indicate that users understand graphical displays of relevance, and make decisions based on these scores. Our results suggest that in the context of exploratory search, relevance scores may cause users to explore more search results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2013 - Proceedings of the 36th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
Pages901-904
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2013
Event36th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2013 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 28 Jul 20131 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2013 - Proceedings of the 36th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference36th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2013
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period28/07/131/08/13

Keywords

  • Graphical displays
  • Relevance metric
  • Search
  • User interfaces

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