Does familiarity breed content? Taking account of familiarity with a topic in personalizing information retrieval

Gheorghe Muresan, Michael Cole, Catherine L. Smith, Lu Liu, Nicholas J. Belkin

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Abstract

We report on an evaluation of the effectiveness of considering a user's familiarity with a topic in improving information retrieval performance. This approach to personalization is based on previous results indicating differences in user search behavior and judgments according to his/her familiarity to the topic explored, and to research on using implicit sources of evidence to determine the user's context and preferences. Our attempt was to relate a topic-dependent concept and measure, familiarity with the topic, with topic-independent measures of documents such as readability, concreteness / abstractness, and specificity / generality. Contrary to our expectations, a user's familiarity with a topic has no effect on the utility of readability or concrete/abstract scoring. We are encouraged, however, to find that high readability had a positive effect on search results, regardless of a user's familiarity with a topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06
Pages53c
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06 - Kauai, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2006Jan 7 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06
CountryUnited States
CityKauai, HI
Period1/4/061/7/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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