Searching by Talking: Analysis of Voice Queries on Mobile Web Search

Jul 19, 2016

The growing popularity of mobile search and the advancement in voice recognition technologies have opened the door for web search users to speak their queries, rather than type them. While this kind of voice search is still in its infancy, it is gradually becoming more widespread. In this paper, we examine the logs of a commercial search engine’s mobile interface, and compare the spoken queries to the typed-in queries. We place special emphasis on the semantic and syntactic characteristics of the two types of queries. We also conduct an empirical evaluation showing that the language of voice queries is closer to natural language than typed queries. Our analysis reveals further differences between voice and text search, which have implications for the design of future voice-enabled search tools. 

  • 39th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2016)
  • Conference/Workshop Paper