UMass Robust 2005: Using Mixtures of Relevance Models for Query Expansion
MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST CENTER FOR INTELLIGENT INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
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This paper describes the UMass TREC 2005 Robust Track experiments. For the 2005 Robust Track, we explore whether or not term proximity information and advanced pseudo- relevance feedback methods can be used to achieve good effectiveness on a challenging query set. All experiments used the Indri search engine indexed the full AQUAINT collection of 1,033,461 documents, used a Porter Stemmer and a stopword list of 418 common terms. All runs are automatic. We use Metzlers dependence model formulation to exploit term proximity information, which been shown to significantly improve effectiveness over simple bag of words models. The Indri query language can be used to express dependence model queries. Results indicate that both term proximity and pseudo-relevance are highly effective.
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