Paper: Improving Search Results Quality by Customizing Summary Lengths

ACL ID P08-1080
Title Improving Search Results Quality by Customizing Summary Lengths
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

Web search engines today typically show re- sults as a list of titles and short snippets that summarize how the retrieved documents are related to the query. However, recent research suggests that longer summaries can be prefer- able for certain types of queries. This pa- per presents empirical evidence that judges can predict appropriate search result summary lengths, and that perceptions of search result quality can be affected by varying these result lengths. These findings have important impli- cations for search results presentation, espe- cially for natural language queries.