Rishiraj Saha Roy, Anusha Suresh, Niloy Ganguly, and Monojit Choudhury
With fast changing information needs in today’s world, it is imperative that search engines precisely understand and exploit temporal changes in Web queries. In this work, we look at shifts in preferred positions of segments in queries over an interval of four years. We ﬁnd that such shifts can predict key changes in usage patterns, and explain the observed increase in query lengths. Our ﬁndings indicate that recording positional statistics can be vital for understanding user intent in Web search queries.
In Proceedings of WWW (Companion Volume)
Publisher WWW Conference 2013