Thomas, Paul; Scholer, Falk; Moffat, Alistair
When faced with a poor set of document summaries on the first page of returned search results, a user may respond in various ways: by proceeding on to the next page of results; by entering another query; by switching to another service; or by abandoning their search. We analyse this aspect of searcher behaviour using a commercial search system, comparing a deliberately degraded system to the original one. Our results demonstrate that searchers naturally avoid selecting poor results as answers...[Show more]
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