Are we on the right track? An examination of information retrieval methodologies

Enrique Amigó, Hui Fang, Stefano Mizzaro, Chengxiang Zhai

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Abstract

The unpredictability of user behavior and the need for effectiveness make it difficult to define a suitable research methodology for Information Retrieval (IR). In order to tackle this challenge, we categorize existing IR methodologies along two dimensions: (1) empirical vs. theoretical, and (2) top-down vs. bottom-up. The strengths and drawbacks of the resulting categories are characterized according to 6 desirable aspects. The analysis suggests that different methodologies are complementary and therefore, equally necessary. The categorization of the 167 full papers published in the last SIGIR (2016 and 2017) and ICTIR (2017) conferences suggest that most of existing work is empirical bottom-up, suggesting lack of some desirable aspects. With the hope of improving IR research practice, we propose a general methodology for IR that integrates the strengths of existing research methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages997-1000
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356572
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 27 2018
Event41st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2018 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: Jul 8 2018Jul 12 2018

Publication series

Name41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2018

Other

Other41st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2018
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period7/8/187/12/18

Keywords

  • Axiomatics
  • Research methodologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Information Systems

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