Building a Microblog Corpus for Search Result Diversification
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- Tao K., Hauff C., Houben GJ. (2013) Building a Microblog Corpus for Search Result Diversification. In: Banchs R.E., Silvestri F., Liu TY., Zhang M., Gao S., Lang J. (eds) Information Retrieval Technology. AIRS 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8281. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Queries that users pose to search engines are often ambiguous - either because different users express different query intents with the same query terms or because the query is underspecified and it is unclear which aspect of a particular query the user is interested in. In the Web search setting, search result diversification, whose goal is the creation of a search result ranking covering a range of query intents or aspects of a single topic respectively, has been shown in recent years to be an effective strategy to satisfy search engine users. We hypothesize that such a strategy will also be beneficial for search on microblogging platforms. Currently, progress in this direction is limited due to the lack of a microblog-based diversification corpus. In this paper we address this shortcoming and present our work on creating such a corpus. We are able to show that this corpus fulfils a number of diversification criteria as described in the literature. Initial search and retrieval experiments evaluating the benefits of de-duplication in the diversification setting are also reported.
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