Does document relevance affect the searcher's perception of time?

Cheng Luo, Yiqun Liu, Tetsuya Sakai, Ke Zhou, Fan Zhang, Xue Li, Shaoping Ma

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Abstract

Time plays an essential role in multiple areas of Information Retrieval (IR) studies such as search evaluation, user behavior analysis, temporal search result ranking and query understanding. Especially, in search evaluation studies, time is usually adopted as a measure to quantify users' efforts in search processes. Psychological studies have reported that the time perception of human beings can be affected by many stimuli, such as attention and motivation, which are closely related to many cognitive factors in search. Considering the fact that users' search experiences are affected by their subjective feelings of time, rather than the objective time measured by timing devices, it is necessary to look into the different factors that have impacts on search users' perception of time. In this work, we make a first step towards revealing the time perception mechanism of search users with the following contributions: (1) We establish an experimental research framework to measure the subjective perception of time while reading documents in search scenario, which originates from but is also different from traditional time perception measurements in psychological studies. (2) With the framework, we show that while users are reading result documents, document relevance has small yet visible effect on search users' perception of time. By further examining the impact of other factors, we demonstrate that the effect on relevant documents can also be influenced by individuals and tasks. (3) We conduct a preliminary experiment in which the difference between perceived time and dwell time is taken into consideration in a search evaluation task. We found that the revised framework achieved a better correlation with users' satisfaction feedbacks. This work may help us better understand the time perception mechanism of search users and provide insights in how to better incorporate time factor in search evaluation studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSDM 2017 - Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages141-150
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346757
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 2
Event10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, WSDM 2017 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 2017 Feb 62017 Feb 10

Publication series

NameWSDM 2017 - Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining

Other

Other10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, WSDM 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period17/2/617/2/10

Keywords

  • Interactive information retrieval
  • Time perception
  • User behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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    Luo, C., Liu, Y., Sakai, T., Zhou, K., Zhang, F., Li, X., & Ma, S. (2017). Does document relevance affect the searcher's perception of time? In WSDM 2017 - Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (pp. 141-150). (WSDM 2017 - Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3018661.3018694