Leveraging Query Resolution and Reading Comprehension for Conversational Passage Retrieval

by   Svitlana Vakulenko, et al.

This paper describes the participation of UvA.ILPS group at the TREC CAsT 2020 track. Our passage retrieval pipeline consists of (i) an initial retrieval module that uses BM25, and (ii) a re-ranking module that combines the score of a BERT ranking model with the score of a machine comprehension model adjusted for passage retrieval. An important challenge in conversational passage retrieval is that queries are often under-specified. Thus, we perform query resolution, that is, add missing context from the conversation history to the current turn query using QuReTeC, a term classification query resolution model. We show that our best automatic and manual runs outperform the corresponding median runs by a large margin.


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