Relevance for browsing, relevance for searching

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The concept of relevance has received a great deal of theoretical attention. Separately, the relationship between focused search and browsing has also received extensive theoretical attention. This article aims to integrate these two literatures with a model and an empirical study that relate relevance in focused searching to relevance in browsing. Some factors affect both kinds of relevance in the same direction; others affect them in different ways. In our empirical study, we find that the latter factors dominate, so that there is actually a negative correlation between the probability of a document's relevance to a browsing user and its probability of relevance to a focused searcher.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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