Finding Buying Guides with a Web Carnivore

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Finding Buying Guides with a Web Carnivore
Research on buying behavior indicates that buying guides perform an important role in the overall buying process. However, while many buying guides can be found on the Web, finding those guides is difficult to impossible for the average consumer. Web search engines typically index many buying guides on many topics, but simple queries do not often return these results. Given this, we built a Web carnivore that finds buying guides on behalf of consumers. Web carnivores leverage the crawling, scrubbing, indexing and ranking activities of Web search engines (the "herbivores") to provide more specific services. Ours finds buying guides by issuing machine-generated queries to Google and filtering the results. This paper describes our system and quantitatively compares it to a basic search engine. Our system almost always returns more buying guides, often twice as many. Our user study also suggests that we return better buying guides. Finding buying guides is an instance of the mor...
Reiner Kraft, Raymie Stata
Added 05 Jul 2010
Updated 05 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2003
Authors Reiner Kraft, Raymie Stata
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