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Place questions and human-generated answers: A data analysis approach

Ehsan Hamzei, Haonan Li, M Vasardani, T Baldwin, S Winter, M Tomko

Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development. Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science | Springer, Cham | Published : 2020


This paper investigates place-related questions submitted to search systems and their human-generated answers. Place-based search is motivated by the need to identify places matching some criteria, to identify them in space or relative to other places, or to characterize the qualities of such places. Human place-related questions have thus far been insufficiently studied and differ strongly from typical keyword queries. They thus challenge today’s search engines providing only rudimentary geographic information retrieval support. We undertake an analysis of the patterns in place-based questions using a large-scale dataset of questions/answers, MS MARCO V2.1. The results of this study reveal ..

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