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Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems

by Mark Sanderson

Part of the Foundations and Trends (R) in Information Retrieval Series

Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems Synopsis

Use of test collections and evaluation measures to assess the effectiveness of information retrieval systems has its origins in work dating back to the early 1950s. Across the nearly 60 years since that work started, use of test collections is a de facto standard of evaluation. This monograph surveys the research conducted and explains the methods and measures devised for evaluation of retrieval systems, including a detailed look at the use of statistical significance testing in retrieval experimentation. It reviews more recent examinations of the validity of the test collection approach and evaluation measures as well as outlining trends in current research exploiting query logs and live labs. At its core, the modern-day test collection is little different from the structures that the pioneering researchers in the 1950s and 1960s conceived of. This tutorial and review shows that despite its age, this long-standing evaluation method is still a highly valued tool for retrieval research.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781601983602
Publication date: 22nd June 2010
Author: Mark Sanderson
Publisher: now publishers Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 144 pages
Categories: Business applications, Information theory,

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