Revisiting Iterative Relevance Feedback for Document and Passage Retrieval

12/13/2018 ∙ by Keping Bi, et al. ∙ 0

As more and more search traffic comes from mobile phones, intelligent assistants, and smart-home devices, new challenges (e.g., limited presentation space) and opportunities come up in information retrieval. Previously, an effective technique, relevance feedback (RF), has rarely been used in real search scenarios due to the overhead of collecting users' relevance judgments. However, since users tend to interact more with the search results shown on the new interfaces, it becomes feasible to obtain users' assessments on a few results during each interaction. This makes iterative relevance feedback (IRF) techniques look promising today. IRF has not been studied systematically in the new search scenarios and its effectiveness is mostly unknown. In this paper, we re-visit IRF and extend it with RF models proposed in recent years. We conduct extensive experiments to analyze and compare IRF with the standard top-k RF framework on document and passage retrieval. Experimental results show that IRF is at least as effective as the standard top-k RF framework for documents and much more effective for passages. This indicates that IRF for passage retrieval has huge potential.

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