Google Studies How Search Behavior Changes When Searchers Are Faced with Difficult Questions

A paper by Google researchers Anne Aula, Rehan M. Khan, and Zhiwei Guan published last month asks the question How does Search Behavior Change as Search Becomes More Difficult? (pdf) The paper describes two studies in which participants were given informational tasks to perform – a mix of hard and easy questions – to see … Read more Google Studies How Search Behavior Changes When Searchers Are Faced with Difficult Questions

Search Experiment Papers from Google’s Mad Scientists

We’re not often given too much insight directly into how a search engine like Google might check on the quality of their search results, and the algorithms that achieve those results. When we are, it can be interesting to look at some of the processes that their researchers might use, the assumptions that they follow, … Read more Search Experiment Papers from Google’s Mad Scientists

Mouse vs. EyeTracking: Mouse Wins, plus Successful Search Strategies

At SIGIR 2007, one of the workshops held at the July Conference in Amsterdam was on Web Information Seeking and Interaction. Web information seeking and interaction involves looking at the way that searchers interact with Web-based content and applications when they are looking for something. The conference covered a wide range of research, and I … Read more Mouse vs. EyeTracking: Mouse Wins, plus Successful Search Strategies