Retrieval through explanation: an abductive inference approach to relevance feedback

I. Ruthven, M. Lalmas, C.J. van Rijsbergen, D.G. Bridge (Editor), R.M. Byrne (Editor), B. O'Sullivan (Editor), S. Prestwich (Editor), H. Sorensen (Editor)

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Abstract

Relevance feedback techniques are designed to automatically improve a system's representation of a query by using documents the user has marked as relevant. However, traditional relevance feedback models suffer from a number of limitations that restrict their potential in supporting information seeking. One of the major limitations of relevance feedback is that it does not incorporate behavioural aspects of information seeking - how and why users assess relevance. We propose that relevance feedback should be viewed as a process of explanation and demonstrate how this limitation of relevance feedback techniques can be overcome by a theory of relevance feedback based on abductive inference.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 1999
Event10th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 1 Sep 19993 Sep 1999

Conference

Conference10th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science
CityCork, Ireland
Period1/09/993/09/99

Keywords

  • information retrieval
  • abductive inference
  • relevance feedback

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