Observing Users to Validate Models (Extended Abstract)
School of Computer Science and Information Technology,
Victoria 3001, Australia.
CSIRO and Australian National University,
Department of Computing and Information Systems,
The University of Melbourne,
Victoria 3010, Australia.
SIGIR 2013 Wrkshp. on Modeling User Behavior for
Information Retrieval Evaluation (MUBE 2013),
Dublin, August 2013.
User models serve two purposes: to help us understand users, and
hence determine how to supply them with effective search services;
and as a framework against which to evaluate the quality of those
services once they have been developed.
In this extended abstract we describe an experiment we have
undertaken in which we observe user behaviours, and try to determine
whether these behaviours can be connected to search quality metrics
via an existing or novel user model.
We provide summary evidence that suggests that the answer is a