InfoScout: an interactive, entity centric, person search tool

Sean McKeown, Martynas Buivys, Leif Azzopardi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Individuals living in highly networked societies publish a large amount of personal, and potentially sensitive, information online. Web investigators can exploit such information for a variety of purposes, such as in background vetting and fraud detection. However, such investigations require a large number of expensive man hours and human effort. This paper describes InfoScout, a search tool which is intended to reduce the time it takes to identify and gather subject centric information on the Web. InfoScout collects relevance feedback information from the investigator in order to re-rank search results, allowing the intended information to be discovered more quickly. Users may still direct their search as they see fit, issuing ad-hoc queries and filtering existing results by keywords. Design choices are informed by prior work and industry collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGIR '16 Proceedings of the 39th International ACM SIGIR conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • entity search
  • web investigation
  • professional search
  • people searching
  • open-source intelligence


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