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TREC : Experiment and Evaluation in Information Retrieval - Ellen M. Voorhees


Experiment and Evaluation in Information Retrieval

By: Ellen M. Voorhees (Editor), Donna K. Harman (Editor), William Y. Arms (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2005
ISBN: 9780262220736
Number Of Pages: 462
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC), a yearly workshop hosted by the US government's National Institute of Standards and Technology, provides the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies. With the goal of accelerating research in this area, TREC created the first large test collections of full-text documents and standardized retrieval evaluation. The impact has been significant; since TREC's beginning in 1992, retrieval effectiveness has approximately doubled. TREC has built a variety of large test collections, including collections for such specialized retrieval tasks as cross-language retrieval and retrieval of speech. Moreover, TREC has accelerated the transfer of research ideas into commercial systems, as demonstrated in the number of retrieval techniques developed in TREC that are now used in Web search engines.This book provides a comprehensive review of TREC research, summarizing the variety of TREC results, documenting the best practices in experimental information retrieval, and suggesting areas for further research. The first part of the book describes TREC's history, test collections, and retrieval methodology. Next, the book provides "track" reports -- describing the evaluations of specific tasks, including routing and filtering, interactive retrieval, and retrieving noisy text. The final part of the book offers perspectives on TREC from such participants as Microsoft Research, University of Massachusetts, Cornell University, University of Waterloo, City University of New York, and IBM. The book will be of interest to researchers in information retrieval and related technologies, including natural language processing.

Prefacep. vii
List of Conference Proceedingsp. ix
The Text REtrieval Conferencep. 3
The TREC Test Collectionsp. 21
Retrieval System Evaluationp. 53
Selected Track Reports
The TREC Ad Hoc Experimentsp. 79
Routing and Filteringp. 99
The TREC Interactive Tracks: Putting the User into Searchp. 123
Beyond Englishp. 153
Retrieving Noisy Textp. 183
The Very Large Collection and Web Tracksp. 199
Question Answering in TRECp. 233
Selected Participant Reports
The University of Massachusetts and a Dozen TRECsp. 261
How Okapi Came to TRECp. 287
The SMART Project at TRECp. 301
Ten Years of Ad Hoc Retrieval at TREC using PIRCSp. 321
MultiText Experiments for TRECp. 347
A Language-Modeling Approach to TRECp. 373
IBM Research Activities at TRECp. 397
Epilogue: Metareflections on TRECp. 421
List of Contributorsp. 449
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780262220736
ISBN-10: 0262220733
Series: Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 18.44  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.89