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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 

An Investigation on Search Processes in Collaborative Exploratory Web Search
Zhen Yue, Shuguang Han and Daqing He

Monday, 6:30pm


This paper presents a user study aiming to investigate search processes in collaborative exploratory Web search. Our analysis of search processes focused on the distribution and transition of user search actions logged in a collaborative web search system called CollabSearch. The results show that a large proportion of users' actions in collaborative searches were related to explicit communication, which is one of the sources for users to obtain ideas of queries. This paper concludes with some insights on the range of behaviors and activities that a collaborative search system should support.