Information retrieval system evaluation: effort, sensitivity, and reliability

  title={Information retrieval system evaluation: effort, sensitivity, and reliability},
  author={Mark Sanderson and Justin Zobel},
The effectiveness of information retrieval systems is measured by comparing performance on a common set of queries and documents. Significance tests are often used to evaluate the reliability of such comparisons. Previous work has examined such tests, but produced results with limited application. Other work established an alternative benchmark for significance, but the resulting test was too stringent. In this paper, we revisit the question of how such tests should be used. We find that the t… CONTINUE READING
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