Analyzing URL queries

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Analyzing URL queries
This study investigated a relatively unexamined query type, queries composed of URLs. The extent, variation and user click-through behavior was examined to determine the intent behind URL queries. The study made use of a search log from which URL queries were identified and selected for both qualitative and quantitative analyses. It was found that URL queries accounted for approximately 17% of the sample. There were statistically significant differences between URL queries and non-URL queries in the following attributes: mean query length; mean number of tokens per query; and mean number of clicks per query. Users issuing such queries clicked on fewer result list items higher up the ranking compared to non-URL queries. Classification indicated that nearly 86% of queries were navigational in intent with informational and transactional queries representing about 7% of URL queries each. This is in contrast to past research that suggested that URL queries were 100% navigational. The concl...
Wei Meng Lee, Mark Sanderson
Added 28 Jan 2011
Updated 28 Jan 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Authors Wei Meng Lee, Mark Sanderson
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