On the Use of Explanations as Mediating Device for Relevance Feedback

  • Ian Ruthven
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2458)


In this paper we examine the role of explanations as a means of facilitating the use of relevance feedback in information retrieval systems. We do this with particular reference to previous experimental work. This demonstrates that explanations can increase the user’s willingness to interact more fully with the system. We outline the general conclusions from this experimental work and discuss the implications for interactive IR systems that incorporate relevance feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Ruthven
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  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland

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