Query Recommendation in the Domain of Information for Children

Sergio Duarte Torres, Djoerd Hiemstra, Ingmar Weber, Pavel Serdyukov

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Children represent an increasing part of web users. One of the key problems that hamper their search experience is their limited vocabulary, their difficulty to use the right keywords, and the inappropriateness of general- purpose query suggestions. In this work, we propose a method that uses tags from social media to suggest queries related to children’s topics. Concretely, we propose a simple, yet effective approach to bias a random walk defined on a bipartite graph of web resources and tags through keywords that are more commonly used to describe resources for children. We evaluate our method using a large query log sample of queries submitted by children. We show that our method outperforms by a large margin the query suggestions of modern search engines and state-of-the art query sug- gestions based on random walks. We improve further the quality of the ranking by combining the score of the random walk with topical and language modeling fea- tures to emphasize even more the child-related aspects of the query suggestions.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1368-1384
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • yahoo! search logs
  • young users
  • EWI-24381
  • CR-H.3.3
  • Machine Learning
  • Children
  • Query recommendation
  • Random walks
  • teenagers
  • METIS-304000
  • IR-89658

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