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Characterizing World Wide Web Queries

Abdulla, Ghaleb and Liu, Binzhang and Saad, Rani and Fox, Edward A (1997) Characterizing World Wide Web Queries. Technical Report ncstrl.vatech_cs//TR-97-04, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Locating information on the WWW is a major activity for users, and Web Information Retrieval Systems (IRS) are becoming more important to support their endeavors. In this paper we characterize queries performed by Web users to such systems and give distributions for accesses to different Web IRS. We characterize clients' accesses, queries and user sessions. Our purpose is to reduce network and bandwidth by identifying ways to optimize interactions with the Web. We characterize clients' sessions by a sequence of Browsing, Searching, and Next steps, and demonstrate that more search steps correlate with a reduction in the number of bytes transferred.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:461
Deposited By:User autouser
Deposited On:05 December 2001
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