Looking for Books in Social Media: An Analysis of Complex Search Requests

Marijn Koolen, Toine Bogers, Kamps Jaap, Antal Van den Bosch

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Abstract

Real-world information needs are generally complex, yet almost all research focuses instead on either relatively simple search based on queries or recommendation based on profiles. It is difficult to gain insight into complex information needs from observational studies with existing systems; potentially complex needs are obscured by the systems’ limitations. In this paper we study explicit information requests in social media, focusing on the rich area of social book search. We analyse a large set of annotated book requests from the LibraryThing discussion forums. We investigate 1) the comprehensiveness of book requests on the forums, 2) what relevance aspects are expressed in real-world book search requests, and 3) how different types of search topics are related to types of users, human recommendations, and results returned by retrieval and recommender systems. We find that book search requests combine search and recommendation aspects in intricate ways that require more than only traditional search or (hybrid) recommendation approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval : 37th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2015, Vienna, Austria, March 29 - April 2, 2015. Proceedings
EditorsAllan Hanbury, Gabriella Kazai, Andreas Rauber, Norbert Fuhr
Number of pages12
PublisherSpringer
Publication date29 Mar 2015
Pages184-196
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-16353-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-16354-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2015
Event37th European Conference on Information Retrieval - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 29 Mar 20152 Apr 2015
http://ecir2015.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/wp/

Conference

Conference37th European Conference on Information Retrieval
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period29/03/201502/04/2015
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume9022
ISSN0302-9743

Keywords

  • book search
  • information retrieval
  • recommendation
  • evaluation
  • social media

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    Koolen, M., Bogers, T., Jaap, K., & Van den Bosch, A. (2015). Looking for Books in Social Media: An Analysis of Complex Search Requests. In A. Hanbury, G. Kazai, A. Rauber, & N. Fuhr (Eds.), Advances in Information Retrieval: 37th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2015, Vienna, Austria, March 29 - April 2, 2015. Proceedings (pp. 184-196). Springer. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol.. 9022 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16354-3_19