Injecting Realism into Simulated Work Tasks: A Case Study of the Book Domain

Pia Borlund, Toine Bogers

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Abstract

Interactive IR studies are commonly conducted by assigning participants simulated work tasks situations (SWTS), predetermined textual descriptions of an information need and its context to motivate participants to perform realistic searches of the IR system in question. Despite their popularity, research has shown that formulating realistic and engaging SWTSs remains challenging. In this paper, we propose using the analyses of large samples of complex real-world search requests—with the specific case of book search—to inject realism into SWTSs by taking different relevance aspects and their relative frequencies into account when formulating them. This should make it easier for researchers to design realistic SWTSs in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2018)
Number of pages3
Place of PublicationVancouver, Canada
PublisherAssociation for Information Science and Technology
Publication date10 Nov 2018
Pages759-761
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-578-41425-6
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2018
EventASIST 2018: 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Vancouver, Canada, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 10 Nov 201814 Nov 2018
Conference number: 81
https://www.asist.org/am18/

Conference

ConferenceASIST 2018: 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Number81
LocationVancouver, Canada
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period10/11/201814/11/2018
Internet address
SeriesAmerican Society for Information Science & Technology. Annual Meeting Proceedings
ISSN0044-7870

Keywords

  • information science

Cite this

Borlund, P., & Bogers, T. (2018). Injecting Realism into Simulated Work Tasks: A Case Study of the Book Domain. In Proceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2018) (pp. 759-761). Association for Information Science and Technology. American Society for Information Science & Technology. Annual Meeting Proceedings