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Interactive query expansion for professional search applications

by   Tony Russell-Rose, et al.

Knowledge workers (such as healthcare information professionals, patent agents and recruitment professionals) undertake work tasks where search forms a core part of their duties. In these instances, the search task is often complex and time-consuming and requires specialist expert knowledge to formulate accurate search strategies. Interactive features such as query expansion can play a key role in supporting these tasks. However, generating query suggestions within a professional search context requires that consideration be given to the specialist, structured nature of the search strategies they employ. In this paper, we investigate a variety of query expansion methods applied to a collection of Boolean search strategies used in a variety of real-world professional search tasks. The results demonstrate the utility of context-free distributional language models and the value of using linguistic cues such as ngram order to optimise the balance between precision and recall.


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