Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.20361
Title: Relevance judgment: What do information users consider beyond topicality?
Authors: Xu, Y. 
Chen, Z.
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Xu, Y., Chen, Z. (2006). Relevance judgment: What do information users consider beyond topicality?. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 57 (7) : 961-973. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.20361
Abstract: How does an information user perceive a document as relevant? The literature on relevance has identified numerous factors affecting such a judgment. Taking a cognitive approach, this study focuses on the criteria users employ in making relevance judgment beyond topicality. On the basis of Grice's theory of communication, we propose a five-factor model of relevance: topicality, novelty, reliability, understandability, and scope. Data are collected from a semicontrolled survey and analyzed by following a psychometric procedure. Topicality and novelty are found to be the two essential relevance criteria. Understandability and reliability are also found to be significant, but scope is not. The theoretical and practical implications of this study are discussed.
Source Title: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/42596
ISSN: 15322882
DOI: 10.1002/asi.20361
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