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Researchers Track Mouse Movements and Hesitations

lpctstr (881255) writes | more than 3 years ago


lpctstr (881255) writes "Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research have found that cursor movements and cursor hovers can detect the relevance of a search result and whether a user may abandon the search. They use an efficient algorithm written in Javascript to silently record movements and clicks on Bing and find that computing relevance using movements + clicks works better than just clicks (the current state-of-the-art). They explain some of this due to cursor and gaze being closely aligned on the web, and especially so on search result pages. Is this the future of innovation in search ranking — Google and Bing tracking your every twitch and pause?"
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Such a shame. (1)

RobbieThe1st (1977364) | more than 3 years ago | (#35052096)

If that starts happening, I'm gonna have to start using greasemonkey to block it.
I already hate the "instant search" functonality of google - and the issue that frequently wiping my google cookies causes.

Oh well; That's what Firefox's search bar is for. And yes, I've got search suggestions off.

Not too worried about privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35052230)

I don't see too much of a privacy issue here, since it's not like I write my passwords out using my mouse. Search engines already track your clicks and queries automatically using (I assume) access.log. But I wonder how they will manage to extract any useful information from my movements -- I fling my mouse around or pause to grab coffee whenever I please -- I'm not sure how these actions will even help determine which search results are good.
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