Challenges for Search Engine Retrieval Effectiveness Evaluations: Universal Search, User Intents, and Results Presentation

  • Dirk Lewandowski
  • January 2013, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37688-7_9

Challenges for Search Engine Retrieval Effectiveness Evaluations

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This chapter discusses evaluating the quality of Web search engines to effectively retrieve information. It identifies three factors that lead to a need for new evaluation methods: (1) the changed results presentation in Web search engines, called Universal Search, (2) the different query types that represent different user intentions, and (3) the presentation of individual results. It discusses implications for evaluation methodology and provides some suggestions about measures.

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