Types of Web Queries
– Three broad categories: informational, navigational, and transactional
– Also known as do, know, go
– Empirically validated classification based on actual search engine queries
– Informational queries cover broad topics with thousands of relevant results
– Navigational queries seek a single website or web page of a single entity
– Transactional queries reflect the intent to perform a particular action
– Search engines also support connectivity queries that report on the connectivity of the indexed web graph

Characteristics of Web Queries
– Most commercial web search engines do not disclose their search logs
– Research studies on web searches started appearing in 1998
– Average length of a query was 2.4 terms
– About half of the users entered a single query, while less than a third entered three or more unique queries
– Close to half of the users examined only the first one or two pages of results
– Less than 5% of users used advanced search features
– Top four most frequently used terms were empty search, and, of, and sex
– 19% of queries contained a geographic term
– Predictable patterns of how users change their queries exist
– 33% of queries from the same users were repeat queries, and 87% clicked on the same result
– 30% of queries are navigational queries
– Query term frequency distributions conform to the power law or long tail distribution curves
– Average length of queries has grown steadily over time, especially non-English language queries
– Hummingbird update implemented by Google in 2013 to handle longer search queries

Structured Queries
– Boolean operators and parentheses can be used in search engines to create structured queries
– Technique traditionally used by librarians
– Faceted queries are a conjunction of characteristic words describing different topics or facets
– Faceted queries can find documents even if some words are omitted
– Example of a faceted query: (electronic OR computerized OR DRE) AND (voting OR elections OR election OR balloting OR electoral)

Related Concepts
– Information retrieval
– Web search engine
– Web query classification
– Taxonomy for search engines
– User intent

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