Comparing Methods for Finding Search Sessions on a Specified Topic: A Double Case Study

Tessel Bogaard*, Aysenur Bilgin, Jan Wielemaker, Laura Hollink, Kees Ribbens, Jacco van Ossenbruggen

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Abstract

Users searching for different topics in a collection may show distinct search patterns. To analyze search behavior of users searching for a specific topic, we need to retrieve the sessions containing this topic. In this paper, we compare different topic representations and approaches to find topic-specific sessions. We conduct our research in a double case study of two topics, World War II and feminism, using search logs of a historical newspaper collection. We evaluate the results using manually created ground truths of over 600 sessions per topic. The two case studies show similar results: The query-based methods yield high precision, at the expense of recall. The document-based methods find more sessions, at the expense of precision. In both approaches, precision improves significantly by manually curating the topic representations. This study demonstrates how different methods to find sessions containing specific topics can be applied by digital humanities scholars and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLinking Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries - 25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021, Proceedings
EditorsGerd Berget, Mark Michael Hall, Daniel Brenn, Sanna Kumpulainen
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Pages189-201
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030863234
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2021
Event25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 13 Sep 202117 Sep 2021

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12866 LNCS
ISSN0302-9743

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/09/2117/09/21

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