Alan Woodley

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This paper gives an overview of the INEX 2008 Ad Hoc Track. The main goals of the Ad Hoc Track were two-fold. The first goal was to investigate the value of the internal document structure (as provided by the XML mark-up) for retrieving relevant information. This is a continuation of INEX 2007 and, for this reason, the retrieval results are liberalized to(More)
XML information retrieval (XML-IR) systems aim to better fulfil users’ information needs than traditional IR systems by returning results lower than the document level. In order to use XML-IR systems users must encapsulate their structural and content information needs in a structured query. Historically, these structured queries have been formatted using(More)
Since 2002, INEX has been the benchmark for evaluating XML information retrieval (XML-IR) systems. INEX has based much of its evaluation methodology on that of existing workshops, albeit modified for the specific requirements of XML-IR. Due to some of the modifications, the time spent during evaluation phase of INEX takes a lot longer than comparable(More)
It is assumed that by focusing on retrieval at a granularity lower than documents that XML-IR systems will better satisfy users’ information need than traditional IR systems. Participates in INEX’s Ad-hoc track develop XMLIR systems based upon this assumption, using an evaluation methodology in the tradition of Cranfield. However, since the inception of(More)
A survey was carried out on the condition of 188 live grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pups presented for rehabilitation from the coasts of south-west England between 1992 and 1998. The survey was carried out to assess the incidence of malnutrition, hyperthermia, respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions, and also the incidence of traumatic, skin, oral and(More)
XML information retrieval (XML-IR) systems differ from traditional information retrieval systems by using structure of XML documents to retrieve more specific units of information than the documents themselves. Users interact with XML-IR systems via structured queries that express their content and structural requirements. Historically, it has been common(More)
Two studies are presented that examine disclosure of sensitive information and personalization in Internet-based surveys. In the first study, the impact of a personalized salutation on two forms of non-disclosure to a sensitive personal question (salary level) is tested. The results revealed that a personalized salutation tends to increase levels of active(More)