Towards natural question guided search

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Towards natural question guided search
Web search is generally motivated by an information need. Since asking well-formulated questions is the fastest and the most natural way to obtain information for human beings, almost all the queries posed to search engines correspond to some underlying questions, which represent the information need. Accurate determination of these questions may substantially improve the quality of search results and usability of search interfaces. In this paper, we propose a new framework for question-guided search, in which a retrieval system would automatically generate potentially interesting questions to the users. Since the answers to such questions are known to exist in search results, these questions can potentially guide the users directly to the answers they are looking for, eliminating the need to scan the documents in the results list. Moreover, in case of imprecise or ambiguous queries, automatically generated questions can naturally engage the users into feedback cycles to refine their...
Alexander Kotov, ChengXiang Zhai
Added 02 Aug 2010
Updated 02 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where WWW
Authors Alexander Kotov, ChengXiang Zhai
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