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Query Performance Prediction Focused on Summarized Letor Features

Chifu, Adrian-Gabriel and Laporte, Léa and Mothe, Josiane and Ullah, Md Zia Query Performance Prediction Focused on Summarized Letor Features. (2018) In: 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2018), 8 July 2018 - 12 July 2018 (Ann-Arbor, MI, United States).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/3209978.3210121


Query performance prediction (QPP) aims at automatically estimating the information retrieval system effectiveness for any user's query. Previous work has investigated several types of pre- and post-retrieval query performance predictors; the latter has been shown to be more effective. In this paper we investigate the use of features that were initially defined for learning to rank in the task of QPP. While these features have been shown to be useful for learning to rank documents, they have never been studied as query performance predictors. We developed more than 350 variants of them based on summary functions. Conducting experiments on four TREC standard collections, we found that Letor-based features appear to be better QPP than predictors from the literature. Moreover, we show that combining the best Letor features outperforms the state of the art query performance predictors. This is the first study that considers such an amount and variety of Letor features for QPP and that demonstrates they are appropriate for this task.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to ACM. The definitive version is available at http://dl.acm.org This papers appears in Proceedings of ACM SIGIR 2018 978-1-4503-5657-2 The original PDF is available at: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3210121
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > Aix-Marseille Université - AMU (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Toulon - UTLN (FRANCE)
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