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IR in IBM’s Watson: An interview with Nico Schlaefer

Last month, IBM’s Watson Deep QA system took on two Jeopardy! champions and won. Several researchers at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University have been involved with the project over the past few years, including Professor Eric Nyberg and his students Hideki Shima and Nico Schlaefer. Nico has been particularly involved in the [...] → Read More: IR in IBM’s Watson: An interview with Nico Schlaefer

Finding relevance judgements in the wild

We recently heard our poster on online forum search was accepted to SIGIR 09, and I’ve been wanting to post something about the test setup we used in that study.
There’s no existing IR test collection for such a task, although some similar datasets do exist. For various reasons we weren’t able to create [...] → Read More: Finding relevance judgements in the wild