The 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval

13-16 April, 2014 Amsterdam


Tutorials at ECIR 2014

Title: Text Quantification
Slides: PDF (1.6MB)
When: 09:00 – 12:15
Abstract: In recent years it has been pointed out that, in a number of applications involving (text) classification, the final goal is not determining which class (or classes) individual unlabelled data items belong to, but determining the prevalence (or “relative frequency”) of each class in the unlabelled data. The latter task is known as quantification. In recent years the research community has shown a growing interest in tackling quantification as a task in its own right. One of the reasons is that, since the goal of quantification is different than that of classification, quantification requires evaluation measures different than those used for classification. A second, related reason is that, as it has been shown, using a method optimized for classification accuracy is suboptimal when quantification accuracy is the real goal. A third reason is the growing awareness that quantification is going to be more and more important; with the advent of big data, more and more application contexts are going to spring up in which we will simply be happy with analyzing data at the aggregate (rather than at the individual) level. The goal of this tutorial is to introduce the audience to the problem of quantification, to the techniques that have been proposed for solving it, to the metrics used to evaluate them, and to the problems that are still open in the area.
Organizer(s): Fabrizio Sebastiani (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)

Title: Designing Search Usability
When: 13:45 – 17:15
Abstract: Search is not just a box and ten blue links. Search is a journey: an exploration where what we encounter along the way changes what we seek. But in order to guide people along this journey, we must understand both the art and science of user experience design.
The aim of this tutorial is to deliver a learning experience grounded in good scholarship, integrating the latest research findings with insights derived from the practical experience of designing and optimizing an extensive range of commercial search applications. It focuses on the development of transferable, practical skills that can be learnt and practised within a half-day session.
Organizer: Tony Russell-Rose (UXLabs)

Title: The Cluster Hypothesis in Information Retrieval
When: 13:45 – 17:15
Abstract: The cluster hypothesis (van Rijsbergen ’79) states that “closely associated documents tend to be relevant to the same requests”. This is one of the most fundamental and influential hypotheses in the information retrieval field. We will survey the different lines of work that the hypothesis has given rise to (e.g., cluster-based retrieval, using topic modeling for retrieval). The survey will be accompanied by an in-depth analysis of the retrieval techniques that are inspired by the cluster hypothesis and which are used for various tasks including ad hoc retrieval, meta-search, microblog (e.g., Twitter) retrieval, query-performance prediction, search-results diversification.
Organizer(s): Oren Kurland (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)