Characterizing web search queries that match very few or no results

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2012-11
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CIKM '12 Proceedings of the 21st ACM international conference on Information and knowledge management
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ACM
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2000 - 2004
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English
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Despite the continuous efforts to improve the web search quality, a non-negligible fraction of user queries end up with very few or even no matching results in leading web search engines. In this work, we provide a detailed characterization of such queries based on an analysis of a real-life query log. Our experimental setup allows us to characterize the queries with few/no results and compare the mechanisms employed by the major search engines in handling them.

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Query difficulty, Search result quality, Web search engines, Query difficulty, Query logs, Search results, User query, Web search quality, Web search queries, Knowledge management, Online searching, Search engines, Websites
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