Submissions:2015/There were no results matching your query... or were there? Reducing the zero results rate for search on Wikipedia.

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Title
There were no results matching your query... or were there? Reducing the zero results rate for search on Wikipedia.
Theme
Tech
Type of submission
Presentation
Author
Dan Garry
E-mail address
dgarry _AT_ wikimedia _DOT_ org
Username
w:en:User:Deskana (WMF) / w:en:User:Deskana
Affiliation
Wikimedia Foundation
Abstract
Did you know that 30% of search queries on Wikipedia return zero results? Given the amount of content that's available in Wikipedia, that number should be much, much lower. Or should it?
In this presentation I will go over the work that the Discovery Department at the Wikimedia Foundation has been doing to improve the search experience for Wikipedia. I will cover our research into how people and bots alike use our search feature, and what they're using it for. I will go over the data available in our public dashboards, and how we're using that data to reduce the zero results rate for Wikipedia searches. I will elaborate on our successes and failures, and our plans for the future.
Length of presentation
30 minutes
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Hopefully.

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