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A Study on Search Engine Use by Intelligence Analysts

Published

Author(s)

Don E. Libes, Emile L. Morse, Jean C. Scholtz

Abstract

This work reports on search engine use by intelligence analysts, generally considered experts at the task of searching for information. Intelligence analysts share a degree of common training and understanding while having widely differing backgrounds. This includes their approach to software tool use ? analysts show signs of a common understanding while also displaying uniquely personal differences in their investigative approaches. We present some of these observations from studying their use of an open-source search engine. We also report on the ability to track paths of analyst investigation by studying search engine activity.
Proceedings Title
18th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems
Conference Dates
November 13-15, 2006
Conference Location
Dallas, TX

Keywords

Data mining, Intelligence analysts, Search engines

Citation

Libes, D. , Morse, E. and Scholtz, J. (2006), A Study on Search Engine Use by Intelligence Analysts, 18th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems, Dallas, TX, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=822628 (Accessed March 4, 2024)
Created September 1, 2006, Updated February 19, 2017