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Morphological variation of Arabic queries

Alberair, A. and Sanderson, M. (2006) Morphological variation of Arabic queries. In: Advances in Information Retrieval. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3936). Springer , Berlin / Heidelberg , pp. 468-471. ISBN 978-3-540-33347-0


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Although it has been shown that in test collection based studies, stemming improves retrieval effectiveness in an information retrieval system, morphological variations of queries searching on the same topic are less well understood. This work examines the broad morphological variation that searchers of an Arabic retrieval system put into their queries. In this study, 15 native Arabic speakers were asked to generate queries, morphological variants of query words were collated across users. Queries composed of either the commonest or rarest variants of each word were submitted to a retrieval system and the effectiveness of the searches was measured. It was found that queries composed of the more popular morphological variants were more likely to retrieve relevant documents that those composed of less popular.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006. This is an author produced version of the published paper. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008 18:09
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11735106_43
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1007/11735106_43
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4501

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