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Contextual information and assessor characteristics in complex question answering

Azzopardi, C. and Azzopardi, L. and Baillie, M. and Bierig, R. and Nicol, E. and Ruthven, I. and Sweeney, S. (2006) Contextual information and assessor characteristics in complex question answering. In: The Fifteenth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2006) Proceedings. NIST.

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The ciqa track investigates the role of interaction in answering complex questions: questions that relate two or more entities by some specified relationship. In our submission to the first ciqa track we were interested in the interplay between groups of variables: variables describing the question creators, the questions asked and the presentation of answers to the questions. We used two interaction forms - html questionnaires completed before answer assessment - to gain contextual information from the answer assessors to better understand what factors influence assessors when judging retrieved answers to complex questions. Our results indicate the importance of understanding the assessor's personal relationship to the question - their existing topical knowledge for example - and also the presentation of the answers - contextual information about the answer to aid in the assessment of the answer.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 3157
Keywords: complex questions, searching, user interface, information retrieval, Electronic information resources, Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects: Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information resources > Electronic information resources
Science > Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Law School
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2007
Last modified: 24 Jul 2015 14:15

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