Using Query Profiles for Clarification

H. Rode, Djoerd Hiemstra

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The following paper proposes a new kind of relevance feedback. It shows how so-called query profiles can be employed for disambiguation and clarification. Query profiles provide useful summarized previews on the retrieved answers to a given query. They outline ambiguity in the query and when combined with appropriate means of interactivity allow the user to easily adapt the final ranking. Statistical analysis of the profiles even enables the retrieval system to automatically suggest search restrictions or preferences. The paper shows a preliminary experimental study of the proposed feedback methods within the setting of TREC's interactive HARD track.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2006
EditorsM Lalmas, A MacFarlane, S. Rueger, A Tombros, T Tsikrika, A Yavlinsky
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)3-540-33347-9
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event28th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2006: (IR Resarch) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 200612 Apr 2006
Conference number: 28

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference28th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2006
Abbreviated titleECIR
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • EWI-8530
  • METIS-238722
  • IR-63810

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