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Towards Explainability in Professional Search

Russell-Rose, T. & MacFarlane, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8057-0737 (2020). Towards Explainability in Professional Search. Paper presented at the The 3rd International Workshop on ExplainAble Recommendation and Search (EARS 2020), 30 July 2020, Xi'an, China.


Professions such as healthcare, law, recruitment and patent search all share an interest in the resolution of complex information needs. This typically involves the formulation of structured search strategies that are expressed as Boolean strings. However, creating effective Boolean queries remains an ongoing challenge, often compromised by a lack of transparency and reproducibility. In this paper we explore some of the shortcomings of current approaches, examine alternative solutions and make recommendations towards improved explainability in professional search.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Departments: School of Science & Technology
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