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This study analyzed query iterations and query length during image searching process on the web with a naturalistic approach. It examined whether query iterations varied across contextual characteristics in an interactive web searching process and determined if task goals and different content sources of query construction influenced query length and retrieval actions. Findings of the study showed that query iterations were significantly different with types of task goals, working stage, and search expertise. Query length was significantly different with content spaces and correlated with retrieval actions on image search engines. The study discussed future areas to be investigated with contextual factors and pattern of query modification in understanding interactive information searching behavior for image search and retrieval.
Program Track: Track 3 - Information Systems, Interactivity and Design Submission Type: Research Paper
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