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 Sept 2021
Event25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 13 Sept 202117 Sept 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

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements:
We would like to thank the National Library of the Netherlands, and Lynda Hardman (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) for their support. The Wikipedia articles related to WWII were assessed by Kees Ribbens with the assistance of Caroline Schoofs and Koen Smilde. This research is partially supported by the VRE4EIC project, a project that has received funding from the European Union?s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 676247.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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