TREC 2008, 2009

The ILPS group of the University of Amsterdam participated in three tracks at TREC 2008: blog, enterprise, and relevance feedback. The working notes paper describing our approaches is available online.
Results for the Enterprise track were not available at the time of writing, therefore the paper only reports the runs we submitted.
I will present some interesting findings we came across, concerning the expert finding task, at the conference (November 19-21, Gaithersburg, USA). I hope that the title of my talk sounds promising: Now that you’ve bought into Model 2, we’ll tell you why to get Model 1.

After four successful years, the Enterprise track is coming to an end. Personally, I am extremely grateful for the TRECENT Organizers (Peter Bailey, Nick Craswell, Ian Soboroff, Paul Thomas, and Arjen P. de Vries, strictly in alphabetical order) for coordinating the track, and making this platform available to the research community!

A new track, Entity Ranking will run from 2009 that I’m co-organizing with Arjen P. de Vries, Paul Thomas, and Thijs Westerveld. I’m not supposed to share details about it at this point, but it’ll has something to do with searching entities (such as people) in web data. We hope to attract participants that would have performed expert finding at the Enterprise track… specifics should follow after TREC.

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