Query expansion on a corporate intranet: Using LSI to increase precision in explorative search
Paper i proceeding, 2005

Previous research has taught us that the typical nonprofessional information seeker on the World Wide Web submits very short queries resulting in low-precision results. We show that this behaviour is repeated also by intranet users and therefore apply query expansion (QE) techniques to improve their search results. Arguing that casual searchers are likely to be unwilling to engage in the dialogue required for interactive QE, we provide an automatic QE system based on Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI). Having received mixed results, our analysis suggests that automatic QE based on a collection dependent knowledge structure may work for explorative, i.e. broader, queries whilst targeted and more focused queries suffer from query drift.

search engine


query expansion


Dick Stenmark

Göteborgs universitet

Proceedings of HICSS-38, Big Island, Hawaii, January 3-6



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