Interactive Information Retrieval: Models, Algorithms, and Evaluation

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Abstract

Since Information Retrieval (IR) is an interactive process in general, it is important to study Interactive Information Retrieval (IIR), where we would attempt to model and optimize an entire interactive retrieval process (rather than a single query) with consideration of many different ways a user can potentially interact with a search engine. This tutorial systematically reviews the progress of research in IIR with an emphasis on the most recent progress in the development of models, algorithms, and evaluation strategies for IIR. It starts with a broad overview of research in IIR and then gives an introduction to formal models for IIR using a cooperative game framework and covering decision-theoretic models such as the Interface Card Model and Probability Ranking Principle for IIR. Next, it provides a review of some representative specific techniques and algorithms for IIR, such as various forms of feedback techniques and diversification of search results, followed by a discussion of how an IIR system should be evaluated and multiple strategies proposed recently for evaluating IIR using user simulation. The tutorial ends with a brief discussion of the major open challenges in IIR and some of the most promising future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages2444-2447
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380164
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 2020
Event43rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2020 - Virtual, Online, China
Duration: Jul 25 2020Jul 30 2020

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference43rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2020
CountryChina
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/25/207/30/20

Keywords

  • interactive information retrieval
  • mathematical models of retrieval
  • search engines
  • user interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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