Developing a Taxonomy of Search Sessions

The goal of this project was to develop a categorisation scheme to describe common patterns of user-system interaction behaviour as recorded in search engine log files. In particular the project focused on search sessions, a period of continued usage that provides multiple unit of interaction with which to study how people use search systems. Search (or query) logs are created as the users of search systems (e.g. web search engines and library catalogues) interact with them to find relevant information. The project utilised search logs from multiple systems to study the categorisation of sessions, including the investigation of clustering algorithms and related aspects, such as cluster stability.

Funder: Google

Project lead: Prof Paul Clough