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Choices in Batch Information Retrieval Evaluation

F Scholer, A Moffat, P Thomas

ACM Press | Published : 2013

Abstract

Web search tools are used on a daily basis by billions of people. The commercial providers of these services spend large amounts of money measuring their own effectiveness and benchmarking against their competitors; nothing less than their corporate survival is at stake. Techniques for offline or "batch" evaluation of search quality have received considerable attention, spanning ways of constructing relevance judgments; ways of using them to generate numeric scores; and ways of inferring system " superiority" from sets of such scores. Our purpose in this paper is consider these mechanisms as a chain of inter-dependent activities, in order to explore some of the ramifications of alternative c..

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