Communications of the IIMA


The query used for Web searching is usually short and may not be able to reflect the intrinsic semantics of the user information need. The purpose of the paper is to take into account user information feedback, and to develop a semi-automatic query expansion approach to improve the effectiveness of Web searching. A search engine has been developed using the vector information retrieval model to validate the semi-automatic query expansion approach. The experiments show that this approach may improve the effectiveness of web searching.