"What was this Movie About this Chick?": A Comparative Study of Relevance Aspects in Book and Movie Discovery

Toine Bogers, Maria Gäde, Marijn Koolen, Vivien Petras, Mette Skov

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In recent decades, information retrieval research has slowly expanded its focus to address the wealth of complex search requests present in our work and leisure environments. A better understanding of such complex needs could aid in the design of more effective, domain-specific search engines. In this paper we take a first step towards such domain-specific understanding. We present an analysis of a random sample of 1000+ complex book and movie search requests posted in the LibraryThing and Internet Movie Database forums. A coding scheme was developed that captures the 29 different relevance aspects expressed in these requests. We find that while the identified relevance aspects are remarkably similar for complex book and movie requests, their relative occurrence does vary considerably from domain to domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Digital Worlds - 13th International Conference, iConference 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGobinda Chowdhury, Julie McLeod, Val Gillet, Peter Willett
Number of pages12
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-78104-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-78105-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventiConference 2018: Transforming Digital Worlds - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Mar 201828 Mar 2018
Conference number: 13


ConferenceiConference 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Book search
  • Information need categorization
  • Movie search
  • Query analysis
  • Relevance aspects
  • iConference 2018

    Toine Bogers (Participant)

    25 Mar 201828 Mar 2018

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

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