Introduction to the special issue on evaluating interactive information retrieval systems

P. Borlund, I. Ruthven

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Evaluation has always been a strong element of Information Retrieval (IR) research, much of our focus being on how we evaluate IR algorithms. As a research field we have benefited greatly from initiatives such as Cranfield, TREC, CLEF and INEX that have added to our knowledge of how to create test collections, the reliability of system-based evaluation criteria and our understanding of how to interpret the results of an algorithmic evaluation. In contrast, evaluations whose main focus is the user experience of searching using IR systems have not yet reached the same level of maturity. Such evaluations are complex to create and assess due to the increased number of variables to incorporate within the study, the lack of standard tools available (for example, test collections) and the difficulty of selecting appropriate evaluation criteria for study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages2
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • information retrieval
  • algorithms
  • evaluation
  • computer systems


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