Illustration and Validation of the Interactive IR Framework

Illustration and Validation of the Interactive IR Framework

Iris Xie (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 31
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-240-4.ch009
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Abstract

In order to illustrate and validate the planned-situational interactive IR model, I conducted an empirical study. This study was a pilot of a large-scale study, discussed in the summary of this chapter, that focuses on the investigation of how people seek and retrieve information in their research proposal writing process. The objective of the study is particularly concerned with whether multiple information-seeking strategies were applied and shifts in information-seeking strategies occurred in users’ information-seeking and -retrieving process. This study addressed the following research questions: 1. What are users’ levels of goals/tasks and their representation? 2. What are users’ personal information infrastructures? 3. What is the social-organizational context for users’ information seeking and retrieving? 4. What types of IR systems do users access and what types of influences do these systems have? 5. What are the types of information-seeking strategies employed by users? 6. Do users shift their current search goals and information-seeking strategies in the information-seeking and -retrieving process? If yes, how? 7. What are the factors that lead to different levels and types of shifts? This research helps us understand the nature of information seeking and retrieving, in particular, the nature of interactive IR. Applying emprical data to examine the major components of the planned-situational interactive IR model and their interactions effectively assists us to validate and illustrate this model. The major contribution of this study is that it investigates users’ dynamic information-seeking processes related to their work and search tasks instead of a snapshot of an information- seeking activity. The emprical data further enrich and enhance the interactive IR framework. In addition to this study, I also incorporate some related studies to validate and ilustrate the planned-situational interactive IR model.

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Acknowledgment
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Chapter 1
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There exist two approaches in IR system design and research: system-oriented and user-oriented. The system-oriented approach has played the dominant... Sample PDF
User-Oriented IR Research Approaches
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Chapter 2
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Online catalogs are types of interactive computer systems; they can also be called “interactive catalogs” because a user interacts with the computer... Sample PDF
Interactive IR in OPAC Environments
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Chapter 3
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The Internet has introduced the concept and capability of information retrieval to millions of users. There is an increasing growth in databases... Sample PDF
Interactive IR in Online Database Environments
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Chapter 4
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Tim Berners-Lee wrote the initial proposal for the World Wide Web in 1989, and developed it online in 1991 by using a hypertext model (Berners-Lee... Sample PDF
Interactive IR in Web Search Engine Environments
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Chapter 5
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For centuries, people have been used to printed materials. The emergence of the Internet brings dramatic changes to millions of people in terms of... Sample PDF
Interactive IR in Digital Library Environments
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Chapter 6
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The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) is sponsored by three agencies—the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S.... Sample PDF
TREC and Interactive Track Environments
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Chapter 7
Interactive IR Models  (pages 183-214)
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The nature of information retrieval (IR) is interaction. However, the traditional IR model only focuses on the comparison between user input and... Sample PDF
Interactive IR Models
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Chapter 8
Interactive IR Framework  (pages 215-262)
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Representation and comparison are usually considered the two core processes in traditional IR. Comparison is between two representations... Sample PDF
Interactive IR Framework
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Chapter 9
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In order to illustrate and validate the planned-situational interactive IR model, I conducted an empirical study. This study was a pilot of a... Sample PDF
Illustration and Validation of the Interactive IR Framework
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Chapter 10
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The planned-situational model of interactive IR not only clarifies some of the important issues of information retrieval but also sets up a... Sample PDF
Implications of the Planned-Situational Interactive IR Model
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Chapter 11
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The emergence of the Internet has allowed millions of people to use a variety of electronic information retrieval (IR) systems, such as digital... Sample PDF
Conclusions and Future Directions
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