Overview of the personalized and collaborative information retrieval (PIR) track at FIRE-2011
Ganguly, Debasis and Leveling, Johannes and Curtis, Keith and Li, Wei B. and Jones, Gareth J.F. (2011) Overview of the personalized and collaborative information retrieval (PIR) track at FIRE-2011. In: Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FiRE) 2011 Workshop, 2-4 Dec 2011, Bombay, India.
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The Personalized and collaborative Information Retrieval (PIR) track at FIRE 2011 was organized with an aim to extend standard information retrieval (IR) ad-hoc test collection design to facilitate research on personalized and collaborative IR by collecting additional meta-information during the topic (query) development process. A controlled query generation process through task-based activities with activity logging was used for each topic developer to construct the final list of topics. The standard ad-hoc collection is thus accompanied by a new set of thematically related topics and the associated log information. We believe this can better simulate a real-world search scenario and encourage mining user information from the logs to improve IR effectiveness. A set of 25 TREC formatted topics and the associated metadata of activity logs were released for the participants to use. In this paper we illustrate the data construction phase in detail and also outline two simple ways of using the additional information from the logs to improve retrieval effectiveness.
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