Data Management

A Semantic Perspective on Query Log Analysis

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Executive Summary

The authors present their views on the CLEF log file analysis task. They argue for a task definition that focuses on the semantic enrichment of query logs. In addition, they discuss how additional information about the context in which queries are being made could further their understanding of users' information seeking and how to better facilitate this process. Query logs provide an excellent opportunity for gaining insight into how a search engine is used and what the users' interests are since they form a complete record of what users searched for in a given time frame.

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