Information Retrieval and Youth: The Question of Relevance and Readability on the Web

Written on 03/13/2013. Filed under .

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Dania Bilal
Professor
School Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Presentation Title: Information Retrieval and Youth: The Question of Relevance and Readability on the Web

Where: NWQ Bldg B, Room 3511
Refreshments to be served.

Abstract:
Much research to advance relevance of information retrieval (IR) from Web search engines has been conducted in recent years. Yet, we are still facing challenges and issues in meeting the information needs of youth, notably children, who have developed an affinity for leading engines (i.e., Google, Yahoo!, and Bing). Bilal’s recent study (2012) reveals that out of 1,360 children’s search queries submitted to these engines, 655 results were relevant, producing a precision ratio of 48%. The difficulty children experience in interpreting results retrieved by search engines is another dilemma. Could the reading complexity of these results be at the crux of this difficulty?