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Exploring opportunities to facilitate serendipity in search

Rahman, M. Ataur; Wilson, Max L.

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M. Ataur Rahman

Max L. Wilson


Serendipitously discovering new information can bring many benefits. Although we can design systems to highlight serendipitous information, serendipity cannot be easily orchestrated and is thus hard to study. In this paper, we deployed a working search engine that matched search results with Facebook `Like' data, as a technology probe to examine naturally occurring serendipitous discoveries. Search logs and diary entries revealed the nature of these occasions in both leisure and work contexts. The findings support the use of the micro-serendipity model in search system design.

Conference Name 38th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
End Date Aug 13, 2015
Publication Date Aug 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 22, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title SIGIR '15
Keywords Design, Serendipity, Web search
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