Using Topic Shifts for Focussed Access to XML Repositories

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Using Topic Shifts for Focussed Access to XML Repositories
Abstract. In focussed XML retrieval, a retrieval unit is an XML element that not only contains information relevant to a user query, but also is specific to the query. INEX defines a relevant element to be at the right level of granularity if it is exhaustive and specific to the user’s request – i.e., it discusses fully the topic requested in the user’s query and no other topics. The exhaustivity and specificity dimensions are both expressed in terms of the “quantity” of topics discussed within each element. We therefore propose to use the number of topic shifts in an XML element, to express the “quantity” of topics discussed in an element as a mean to capture specificity. We experimented with a number of elementspecific smoothing methods within the language modelling framework. These methods enable us to adjust the amount of smoothing required for each XML element depending on its number of topic shifts, to capture specificity. Using the number of topic shifts com...
Elham Ashoori, Mounia Lalmas
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ECIR
Authors Elham Ashoori, Mounia Lalmas
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