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Towards Query Logs for Privacy Studies: On Deriving Search Queries from Questions

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Biega,  Asia J.
Databases and Information Systems, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

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Saha Roy,  Rishiraj
Databases and Information Systems, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

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Biega, A. J., Schmidt, J., & Saha Roy, R. (2020). Towards Query Logs for Privacy Studies: On Deriving Search Queries from Questions. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.02023.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-09C7-E
Abstract
Translating verbose information needs into crisp search queries is a phenomenon that is ubiquitous but hardly understood. Insights into this process could be valuable in several applications, including synthesizing large privacy-friendly query logs from public Web sources which are readily available to the academic research community. In this work, we take a step towards understanding query formulation by tapping into the rich potential of community question answering (CQA) forums. Specifically, we sample natural language (NL) questions spanning diverse themes from the Stack Exchange platform, and conduct a large-scale conversion experiment where crowdworkers submit search queries they would use when looking for equivalent information. We provide a careful analysis of this data, accounting for possible sources of bias during conversion, along with insights into user-specific linguistic patterns and search behaviors. We release a dataset of 7,000 question-query pairs from this study to facilitate further research on query understanding.