Iterative exploration, design and evaluation of support for query reformulation in interactive information retrieval

N. J. Belkin, C. Cool, D. Kelly, S. J. Lin, S. Y. Park, J. Perez-Carballo, C. Sikora

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Abstract

We report on the progressive investigation of techniques for supporting interactive query reformulation in the TREC Interactive Track. Two major issues were explored over four successive years: methods of term suggestion; and, interface design to support different system functionalities. Each year's results led to the following year's investigation, with respect to both of these issues. This paper presents first the general motivation for the entire series of studies; then an overview of each year's investigation, its results, and how they influenced the next year's investigation. We discuss what has been learned through this series of investigations about effective term suggestion, usable and useful interface design, and the relationships between these two in support of the TREC Interactive Track task. We conclude with comments about the general methodology employed over this series of studies, and its relevance to the development and evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-434
Number of pages32
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences

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