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On the use of explanations as a mediating device for relevance feedback

Ruthven, I. (2002) On the use of explanations as a mediating device for relevance feedback. In: Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Technology : 6th European Conference, ECDL 2002, Rome, Italy, September 16-18, 2002. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2458 . Springer, Heidelberg, Berlin, pp. 338-345. ISBN 3540441786

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the role of explanations as a means of facilitating the use of relevance feedback in information retrieval systems. We do this with particular reference to previous experimental work. This demonstrates that explanations can increase the user's willingness to interact more fully with the system. We outline the general conclusions from this experimental work and discuss the implications for interactive IR systems that incorporate relevance feedback.