Free-Text Search over Complex Web Forms

Kien Tjin-Kam-Jet, Rudolf Berend Trieschnigg, Djoerd Hiemstra

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This paper investigates the problem of using free-text queries as an alternative means for searching ‘behind’ web forms. We introduce a novel specification language for specifying free-text interfaces, and report the results of a user study where we evaluated our prototype in a travel planner scenario. Our results show that users prefer this free-text interface over the original web form and that they are about 9% faster on average at completing their search tasks.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationSecond Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2011
EditorsAllan Hanbury, Andreas Rauber, A.P. de Vries
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-21352-6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventSecond Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2011: Second Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2011 - Vienna, Austria, Berlin
Duration: 6 Jun 20116 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceSecond Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2011
Other6 June 2011


  • IR-77553
  • METIS-277674
  • free-text interfaces
  • CR-H.5.2
  • Query translation
  • EWI-20251
  • CR-H.3.3
  • Query processing

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