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Ambiguous requests: implications for retrieval tests

Spärck-Jones, K., Robertson, S.E. and Sanderson, M. (2007) Ambiguous requests: implications for retrieval tests. ACM SIGIR Forum, 41 (2). pp. 8-17.


Retrieval system experimentation has assumed that user requests represent a single information need. The problem is identifying and meeting this need. Search engine experience demonstrates that this assumption is far from holding in the real world. Responding appropriately to this fact raises new issues for research on retrieval system theory, design, and evaluation.

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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: 02 Sep 2008 18:13
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2014 18:00
Published Version: http://www.sigir.org/forum/2007D/2007d_sigirforum_...
Status: Published
Publisher: ACM
Refereed: No
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4598

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