The search queries that took Australian Internet users to Wikipedia

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The search queries that took Australian Internet users to Wikipedia
Authors: Vivienne Waller [edit item]
Citation: Information Research 16 (2): . 2011 June.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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The search queries that took Australian Internet users to Wikipedia is a publication by Vivienne Waller.


[edit] Abstract

This exploratory study analyses the content of the search queries that led Australian Internet users from a search engine to a Wikipedia entry. The study used transaction logs from Hitwise (www.hitwise.com) that matched search queries with data on the lifestyle of the searcher. A total sample of 1760 search terms, stratified by search term frequency and lifestyle, was drawn. Each search term was coded to indicate the subject of the query and weighted according to its position in the long tail distribution. Quantitative analysis was carried out using the statistical package {SPSS.} The results of the study suggest that Wikipedia is used more for lighter topics than for those of a more academic or serious nature. Significant differences among the various lifestyle segments were observed in the use of Wikipedia for queries on popular culture, cultural practice and science. The analysis provides some analytical purchase on the complex nature of information search and the difficulties inherent in assuming a valid distinction between information search and entertainment. It is suggested that the term leisure search be used to identify information search that is in itself a leisure activity and not a search for particular information.

[edit] Research questions

"This exploratory study analyses the content of the search queries that led Australian Internet users from a search engine to a Wikipedia entry."

Research details

Topics: Other knowledge source topics [edit item]
Domains: Computer science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Subject [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Results. The results of the study suggest that Wikipedia is used more for lighter topics than for those of a more academic or serious nature. Significant differences among the various lifestyle segments were observed in the use of Wikipedia for queries on popular culture, cultural practice and science. Conclusions. The analysis provides some analytical purchase on the complex nature of information search and the difficulties inherent in assuming a valid distinction between information search and entertainment. It is suggested that the term leisure search be used to identify information search that is in itself a leisure activity and not a search for particular information."

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"Search logs"


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AbstractThis exploratory study analyses the contenThis exploratory study analyses the content of the search queries that led Australian Internet users from a search engine to a Wikipedia entry. The study used transaction logs from Hitwise (www.hitwise.com) that matched search queries with data on the lifestyle of the searcher. A total sample of 1760 search terms, stratified by search term frequency and lifestyle, was drawn. Each search term was coded to indicate the subject of the query and weighted according to its position in the long tail distribution. Quantitative analysis was carried out using the statistical package {SPSS.} The results of the study suggest that Wikipedia is used more for lighter topics than for those of a more academic or serious nature. Significant differences among the various lifestyle segments were observed in the use of Wikipedia for queries on popular culture, cultural practice and science. The analysis provides some analytical purchase on the complex nature of information search and the difficulties inherent in assuming a valid distinction between information search and entertainment. It is suggested that the term leisure search be used to identify information search that is in itself a leisure activity and not a search for particular information.d not a search for particular information.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsSearch logs
ConclusionResults. The results of the study suggest Results. The results of the study suggest that Wikipedia is used more for lighter topics than for those of a more academic or serious nature. Significant differences among the various lifestyle segments were observed in the use of Wikipedia for queries on popular culture, cultural practice and science. Conclusions. The analysis provides some analytical purchase on the complex nature of information search and the difficulties inherent in assuming a valid distinction between information search and entertainment. It is suggested that the term leisure search be used to identify information search that is in itself a leisure activity and not a search for particular information.d not a search for particular information.
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bsearch%2Bqueries%2Bthat%2Btook%2BAustralian%2BInternet%2Busers%2Bto%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorVivienne Waller +
Has domainComputer science +
Has topicOther knowledge source topics +
Issue2 +
MonthJune +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inInformation Research +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThis exploratory study analyses the content of the search queries that led Australian Internet users from a search engine to a Wikipedia entry.
Revid8,927 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleThe search queries that took Australian Internet users to Wikipedia
Unit of analysisSubject +
Urlhttp://informationr.net/ir/16-2/paper476.html +
Volume16 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2011 +