Leveraging Query Resolution and Reading Comprehension for Conversational Passage Retrieval

02/17/2021 ∙ by Svitlana Vakulenko, et al. ∙ 0

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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