Refining a user query is disclosed. In one method, a query is received
from a user, and then mapped to one or more search concepts. A list of
search concepts associated with the query is then displayed.
Alternatively or additionally, the search concepts associated with the
query are used to provide a set of improved search results. In another
method, a number of queries from a number of users are analyzed to
identify two or more search concepts, and a popularity value is assigned
to them based on the queries. Thus, the relative popularity of the
respective search concepts can be determined. Alternatively or
additionally, a preferred search query for the search concepts can be
determined. The popularity and preferred queries can be used to allow
automatic or user-initiated refinement.