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A study of relevance feedback techniques in interactive multilingual information access

Ambrozic, K and wu, D and he, D and xu, X (2012) A study of relevance feedback techniques in interactive multilingual information access. Library Hi Tech, 30 (3). 523 - 544. ISSN 0737-8831

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With the vast amount of multilingual information available online, it becomes increasingly critical for libraries to use various multilingual information access techniques in order to effectively support patrons' online information requests. However, this is still a relatively under-explored area. This paper aims to study the effectiveness and the adoptability of query expansion and translation enhancement in the context of interactive multilingual information access. Relying on an interactive multilingual information access system called ICE-TEA, the authors conducted a controlled experiment (English-to-Chinese translation) involving human subjects to assess the retrieval effectiveness, analyzed the collected search logs to examine users' behavior, and employed pre- and post-questionnaires to obtain users' opinions about the system. The results confirm that significant improvement in retrieval effectiveness can be achieved by combining query expansion with translation enhancement (as compared to a case when there is no relevance feedback). However, users' ability to understand, interact with and even perceive the complex process of searches involving the combination of query expansion and translation enhancement may greatly impact the effectiveness of the techniques. The results also confirm that human-generated queries were short queries, which calls for careful consideration of how longer queries perform in real search because many search engines rely on longer and more complex queries. This study examines two important relevance feedback techniques in the context of human-involved multilingual information access. This study is a valuable addition to the information seeking behaviour literature. © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ambrozic, K
wu, D
he, Ddah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
xu, X
Date: 31 August 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Library Hi Tech
Volume: 30
Number: 3
Page Range: 523 - 544
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1108/07378831211266645
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0737-8831
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 15:10
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 12:55


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