Disambiguation strategies for cross-language information retrieval

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Abstract

This paper gives an overview of tools and methods for Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) that are developed within the Twenty-One project. The tools and methods are evaluated with the TREC CLIR task document collection using Dutch queries on the English document base. The main issue addressed here is an evaluation of two approaches to disambiguation. The underlying question is whether a lot of effort should be put in finding the correct translation for each query term before searching, or whether searching with more than one possible translation leads to better results? The experimental study suggests that the quality of search methods is more important than the quality of disambiguation methods. Good retrieval methods are able to disambiguate translated queries implicitly during searching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationThird European Conference, ECDL’99 Paris, France, September 22–24, 1999 Proceedings
EditorsSerge Abiteboul, Anne-Marie Vercoustre
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages274-293
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-48155-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-66558-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event3rd European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL 1999 - Paris, France
Duration: 22 Sep 199924 Sep 1999
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume1696
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference3rd European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL 1999
Abbreviated titleECDL
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period22/09/9924/09/99

Keywords

  • CR-H.3.3
  • Cross-language information retrieval
  • Statistical machine translation

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    Hiemstra, D., & de Jong, F. (1999). Disambiguation strategies for cross-language information retrieval. In S. Abiteboul, & A-M. Vercoustre (Eds.), Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: Third European Conference, ECDL’99 Paris, France, September 22–24, 1999 Proceedings (pp. 274-293). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 1696). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-48155-9_18