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University of Strathclyde at TREC HARD

Baillie, M. and Elsweiler, D. and Nicol, E. and Ruthven, I. and Sweeney, S. and Yakici, M. and Crestani, F. and Landoni, M. (2005) University of Strathclyde at TREC HARD. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC-14), 2005-11-15 - 2005-11-18.

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Abstract

The motivation behind the University of Strathclyde's approach to this years HARD track was inspired from previous experiences by other participants, in particular research by [1], [3] and [4]. A running theme throughout these papers was the underlying hypothesis that a user's familiarity in a topic (i.e. their previous experience searching a subject), will form the basis for what type or style of document they will perceive as relevant. In other words, the user's context with regards to their previous search experience will determine what type of document(s) they wish to retrieve.