Search Tool Data Analysis

This is a separate assignment from the two data collection assignments. You should not talk (or text, or message, etc.) about this assignment with anyone else in the class until after the due date. Start working on this on 9/22 and turn it in on 9/29.

Your write-up should have the following structure:

  1. Question and queries
    • Include the question that you want answered for the Web search and the blog search.
    • Show the actual queries submitted to each of the six search engines.
    • This should be the same as was handed in with the previous assignments.
  2. The six tables of data that you collected.
  3. Results
    1. Web search
      1. First set of data (overlap of search engines)
        • Summarize (in a table of the appropriate statistics) the data we collected as a class related to this data.
        • In a short paragraph, summarize how to interpret the cells in this table.
      2. Second set of data (i.e., overlap of rankings)
        • Summarize (in a table of the appropriate statistics) the data we collected as a class related to this data.
        • In a short paragraph, summarize how to interpret the cells in this table.
    2. Blog search
      1. First set of data (overlap of search engines)
        • Summarize (in a table of the appropriate statistics) the data we collected as a class related to this data. If you need to refer to the raw data, you can simply provide a link to the page in this blog; there is no need for you to list the data in your own report.
        • In a short paragraph, summarize how to interpret the cells in this table.
      2. Second set of data (i.e., overlap of rankings)
        • Summarize (in a table of the appropriate statistics) the data we collected as a class related to this data. If you need to refer to the raw data, you can simply provide a link to the page in this blog; there is no need for you to list the data in your own report.
        • In a short paragraph, summarize how to interpret the cells in this table.
  4. Discussion
    1. Web search
      • Discuss the meaning of the two sets of data, especially when considered together.
      • What recommendation(s) can you make to a person searching for information?
      • What did you learn from this, either from the data itself, the process of submitting the queries, or whatever?
      • Are there any further questions that you might want to investigate? By this, I don't mean what further queries would you like to submit to the search engines. I mean what research questions would make sense as a follow-up? What methodological changes might need to be made to make these results better?
    2. Blog search
      • Discuss the meaning of the two sets of data, especially when considered together.
      • What recommendation(s) can you make to a person searching for information?
      • What did you learn from this, either from the data itself, the process of submitting the queries, or whatever?
      • Are there any further questions that you might want to investigate? By this, I don't mean what further queries would you like to submit to the search engines. I mean what research questions would make sense as a follow-up? What methodological changes might need to be made to make these results better?

What you need to do

You are going to write a wiki page on the following topic. It will be all contained in one page of your wiki. (As a reminder, your wiki needs to remain private.) Call this page "Search Tool Data Analysis".

This is important: Use the structure as specified in this page. That is, copy this code and use this structure for the wiki page that you use for your report.

You will print out this wiki page (using the "10pt" setting) and give it to me. I'm assuming this will be about 6 pages long; I am not grading this on length — that is, I am not looking for a specified number of pages. I am grading this on the conflicting standards of completeness (did you discuss everything important that needs to be discussed?) and directness (did you do this with as few words as possible?).

The document should be stapled in the upper left corner. I do not want any clips or folded papers or report covers. I will (I hope) bring a stapler to class that day. After you turn in this page, you should not change the page in your wiki.

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