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UNC SILS Professor Jaime Arguello receives NSF Award to study ways to make search results more effective and useful

 

“Dr. Jaime Arguello, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) USA, has received a National Science Foundation career award to support his research for the next five years on a project titled “Making Aggregated Search Results More Effective and Useful.”
Aggregated search systems, such as Google, are responsible for combining results from multiple independent systems into a single presentation. For example, in addition to web results, Google will sometimes include results from other back-end systems (called verticals) that focus on a specific type of media, such as images, videos, news articles or online products.
Arguello’s project has three main goals. The first is to further understand how users interact with aggregated search results. For example, the project will investigate how the results from one source (say, the images on the results page) influence a user’s interaction with results from a difference source (say, the web results).
The second goal of the project is to develop aggregated search solutions that are better informed by “real” user behavior. To this end, the project will develop approaches for automatically deciding which results to display and how to display them to a user in particular context. The third goal is to the test the generalizability of the algorithms developed on two additional domains: digital library search and news story aggregation.”
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