Incorporating Query Expansion and Quality Indicators in Searching Microblog Posts

  • Kamran Massoudi
  • Manos Tsagkias
  • Maarten de Rijke
  • Wouter Weerkamp
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6611)


We propose a retrieval model for searching microblog posts for a given topic of interest. We develop a language modeling approach tailored to microblogging characteristics, where redundancy-based IR methods cannot be used in a straightforward manner. We enhance this model with two groups of quality indicators: textual and microblog specific. Additionally, we propose a dynamic query expansion model for microblog post retrieval. Experimental results on Twitter data reveal the usefulness of boolean search, and demonstrate the utility of quality indicators and query expansion in microblog search.


Quality Indicator Retrieval Model Query Expansion Mean Average Precision Twitter Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamran Massoudi
    • 1
  • Manos Tsagkias
    • 1
  • Maarten de Rijke
    • 1
  • Wouter Weerkamp
    • 1
  1. 1.ISLAUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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