A comparative analysis of web image and textual queries

Hsiao Tieh Pu*

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Purpose - This study aims to examine the differences between web image and textual queries. Design/methodology/approach - A large number of web queries from image and textual search engines were analysed and compared based on their factual characteristics, query types, and search interests. Findings - Useful results include the findings that web users tend to input short queries when searching for visual or textual information; that image requests have more zero hits and higher specificity, and contain more refined queries; that web image requests are more focused than textual requests on some popular search interests, and that the variety of textual queries is greater than that of image requests. Originality/value - This study provides results that may enhance one's understanding of web-searching behaviour and the inherent implications for the improvement of current web image retrieval systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-467
Number of pages11
JournalOnline Information Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Query languages
  • Text retrieval
  • User studies
  • Visual databases
  • Worldwide web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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