On the Precision of Search Engines: Results from a Controlled Experiment

Girit, Hasan and Eberhard, Robert and Michelberger, Bernd and Mutschler, Bela (2012) On the Precision of Search Engines: Results from a Controlled Experiment. In: 15th Int'l Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2012), 21-23 May, 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Handling the growing amount of digital information is one of the major challenges when dealing with the World Wide Web (WWW). In particular, users crave for an effective and efficient retrieval of needed information. In this context, search engines adopt a key role. Besides conventional search engines such as Google, semantic search engines have emerged as an alternative approach in recent years. The quality of search results delivered by search engines is in
influenced by many criteria. This paper picks up one specific issue, the precision, and investigates and compares the precision of current both conventional (i.e., non-semantic) and semantic search engines based on a controlled experiment with 77 participants. Specifically, Google, AltaVista, MetaGer, Hakia, Kngine, and WolframAlpha are investigated and compared.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: conventional vs. semantic search engines, experiment
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 22:27
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 17:23
URI: http://dbis.eprints.uni-ulm.de/id/eprint/798

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