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Title: User Models for Information Systems: Prospects and Problems
Author(s): Borgman, Christine L.; Plute, Yolanda I.
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Expert systems (Computer science) Artificial intelligence Library science --Data processing
Abstract: Expert systems attempt to model multiple aspects of human-computer interaction, including the reasoning of the human expert, the knowledge base, and characteristics and goals of the user. This paper focuses on models of the human user that are held by the system and utilized in interaction, with particular attention to information retrieval applications. User models may be classified along several dimensions, including static vs. dynamic, stated vs. inferred, and short-term vs. longterm models. The choice of the type of model will depend on a number of factors, including frequency of use, the relationship between the user and the system, the scope of the system, and the diversity of the user population. User models are most effective for well-defined tasks, domains, and user characteristics and goals. These user-system aspects tend not to be well defined in most information retrieval applications.
Issue Date: 1990
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In F.W.Lancaster and L.C.Smith, ed. 1990. Artificial intelligence and expert systems : will they change the library? Papers presented at the 1990 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 178-193.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (27th : 1990)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1298
ISBN: 0-87845-084-X
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1990.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-10
 

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