Online Searching in a Foreign Language

In this Google funded research project lead by Dr Anita Komlodi at UMBC, I was interested in exploring the search behavior and challenges of non-native speakers of English when searching in English language with a strong disparity exists between the language distribution of Web content and the representation of speakers of different languages among Web users. In particular, we examined the search behaviors of Arab speakers when searching online in English and measure the differences when searching in Arabic vs. in English.  In this research, I used qualitative methods including diary studies, focus groups, and interviews.   Early version of the results can be found in this presentation (slides). The results of this research were presented at iConference  2016 and the paper can be found (here).

iConference poster

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