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Exploring Influence of Topic Segmentation on Information Retrieval Quality

  • Gennady Shtekh
  • Polina KazakovaEmail author
  • Nikita Nikitinsky
  • Nikolay Skachkov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11193)

Abstract

In the present paper we address the issue of how an information retrieval system might be improved via text segmentation and to what extent. We assume that topic text segmentation allows one to better model text structure and therefore language itself, which influences the quality of text representation. We propose a search pipeline based on text segmentation by means of BigARTM tool and TopicTiling algorithm. We test the initial hypothesis by conducting experiments with several baseline models on two textual collections. The results are rather contradictory: while one collection showed that segmentation does improve the quality of retrieval, the other one demonstrated that segmentation does not influence the quality significantly.

Keywords

Information retrieval Text segmentation Topic modeling Querying by example 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the commitment from Anton Lozhkov throughout this study. We are also thankful to Viktor Bulatov for help in editing the present paper.

This research was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation under the unique research id RFMEFI57917X0143.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gennady Shtekh
    • 1
  • Polina Kazakova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikita Nikitinsky
    • 2
  • Nikolay Skachkov
    • 3
  1. 1.National University of Science and Technology MISISMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Integrated SystemsMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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