Assessing the Effectiveness and Usability of Personalized Internet Search through a Longitudinal Evaluation

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Velsen van, Lex and König, Florian and Paramythis, Alexandros (2009) Assessing the Effectiveness and Usability of Personalized Internet Search through a Longitudinal Evaluation. In: 6th Workshop on User-Centred Design and Evaluation of Adaptive Systems, UCDEAS, June 26, 2009, Trento, Italy.

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Abstract:This paper discusses a longitudinal user evaluation of Prospector, a personalized Internet meta-search engine capable of personalized re-ranking of search results. Twenty-one participants used Prospector as their primary search engine for 12 days, agreed to have their interaction with the system logged, and completed three questionnaires. The data logs show that the personalization provided by Prospector is successful: participants preferred re-ranked results that appeared higher up. However, the questionnaire results indicated that people would prefer to use Google instead (their search engine of choice). Users would, nevertheless, consider employing a personalized search engine to perform searches with terms that require disambiguation and/or contextualization. We conclude the paper with a discussion on the merit of combining system- and user-centered evaluation for the case of personalized systems.
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