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Why searchers switch: understanding and predicting engine switching rationales

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Why searchers switch: understanding and predicting engine switching rationales
Search engine switching is the voluntary transition between Web search engines. Engine switching can occur for a number of reasons, including user dissatisfaction with search results, a desire for broader topic coverage or verification, user preferences, or even unintentionally. An improved understanding of switching rationales allows search providers to tailor the search experience according to the different causes. In this paper we study the reasons behind search engine switching within a session. We address the challenge of identifying switching rationales by designing and implementing client-side instrumentation to acquire in-situ feedbacks from users. Using this feedback, we investigate in detail the reasons that users switch engines within a session. We also study the relationship between implicit behavioral signals and the switching causes, and develop and evaluate models to predict the reasons for switching. In addition, we collect editorial judgments of switching rationales b...
Qi Guo, Ryen W. White, Yunqiao Zhang, Blake Anders
Added 17 Sep 2011
Updated 17 Sep 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where SIGIR
Authors Qi Guo, Ryen W. White, Yunqiao Zhang, Blake Anderson, Susan T. Dumais
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