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Hourly analysis of a very large topically categorized web query log

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Hourly analysis of a very large topically categorized web query log
We review a query log of hundreds of millions of queries that constitute the total query traffic for an entire week of a generalpurpose commercial web search service. Previously, query logs have been studied from a single, cumulative view. In contrast, our analysis shows changes in popularity and uniqueness of topically categorized queries across the hours of the day. We examine query traffic on an hourly basis by matching it against lists of queries that have been topically pre-categorized by human editors. This represents 13% of the query traffic. We show that query traffic from particular topical categories differs both from the query stream as a whole and from other categories. This analysis provides valuable insight for improving retrieval effectiveness and efficiency. It is also relevant to the development of enhanced query disambiguation, routing, and caching algorithms. Categories and Subject Descriptors: H.3.5 [Information Storage and Retrieval]: Online Information Services ...
Steven M. Beitzel, Eric C. Jensen, Abdur Chowdhury
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where SIGIR
Authors Steven M. Beitzel, Eric C. Jensen, Abdur Chowdhury, David A. Grossman, Ophir Frieder
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