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“Economic Impact Assessment of NIST’s Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) Program”

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“…this study estimates that TREC’s existence was responsible for approximately one-third of an improvement of more than 200% in web search products that was observed between 1999 and 2009.”
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Query logs and information retrieval research

About one year ago, Bruce Croft asked the IR community for help with getting access to query logs for academia,
The goal of this project is to create a database of web search activity that will be provided to the information retrieval research community to use on current and future information retrieval research projects.
To accomplish [...] → Read More: Query logs and information retrieval research

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