Investigating usage of the vivisimo clustering search engine interface

Bernard Jansen, Sherry Koshman, Amanda Spink

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Abstract

Various interface and algorithmic techniques are under developments to assist Web searchers with managing the volume of information available on the Web. Clustering of the Web search engine results is one such area. User searching with clustered results in operational Web environments is not well understood. This paper reports on Web usage analysis of Vivisimo.com, which is a Web meta-search engine that dynamically clusters users' search results in real time. The research questions are: 1) What are the characteristics of Web searching on a clustering search engine, such as Vivisimo?, 2) How are searchers interacting with clustered results?, and (3) What are the visitation patterns of searchers using Vivisimo? We analyzed data collected from 25 April - 2 May 2004, representing 100% of site traffic. Results show that approximately 50% of searchers who interact with results do use clusters, but only 2% of interactions go beyond the top-level clusters. These results provide new insight into search characteristics with a cluster-based Web search engine and point to the need for better results visualization methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAusWeb 2006: 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference, AusWeb 2006 - Noosa, QLD
Duration: 1 Jul 20065 Jul 2006

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Other12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference, AusWeb 2006
CityNoosa, QLD
Period1/7/065/7/06

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Search engines
Interfaces (computer)
World Wide Web
Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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Jansen, B., Koshman, S., & Spink, A. (2006). Investigating usage of the vivisimo clustering search engine interface. In AusWeb 2006: 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference

Investigating usage of the vivisimo clustering search engine interface. / Jansen, Bernard; Koshman, Sherry; Spink, Amanda.

AusWeb 2006: 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference. 2006.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Jansen, B, Koshman, S & Spink, A 2006, Investigating usage of the vivisimo clustering search engine interface. in AusWeb 2006: 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference. 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference, AusWeb 2006, Noosa, QLD, 1/7/06.
Jansen B, Koshman S, Spink A. Investigating usage of the vivisimo clustering search engine interface. In AusWeb 2006: 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference. 2006
Jansen, Bernard ; Koshman, Sherry ; Spink, Amanda. / Investigating usage of the vivisimo clustering search engine interface. AusWeb 2006: 12th Australasian World Wide Web Conference. 2006.
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