Characteristics of texts affecting relevance judgments

Colleen Cool, Nicholas Belkin, Paul Kantor, Ophir Frieder

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We report on preliminary results from two studies, investigating the factors which underlie people's judgments of the relevance or usefulness of documents to particular information problems. The studies aimed to see whether factors other than topical relevance are significant in such decisions, to identify any such factors, and to relate such factors both to the users' situations and goals, and to representation and retrieval strategies for IR systems, which would take account of such factors. Six facets of the judgment of document usefulness or relevance were identified, only two of which seem directly related to topical relevance. These facets are interpreted in the framework of user goals and situation, and some example strategies for their use in IR systems are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - National Online Meeting
PublisherPubl by Learned Information Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0938734733
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 14th National Online Meeting - New York, NY, USA
Duration: May 4 1993May 6 1993

Publication series

NameProceedings - National Online Meeting
ISSN (Print)0739-1471


OtherProceedings of the 14th National Online Meeting
CityNew York, NY, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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