A Case for Automatic System Evaluation


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Hauff, Claudia and Hiemstra, Djoerd and Azzopardi, Leif and Jong, Franciska de (2010) A Case for Automatic System Evaluation. In: Proceedings of the 32nd European Conference on IR Research, 28-31 March 2010, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (pp. pp. 153-165).

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Abstract:Ranking a set retrieval systems according to their retrieval effectiveness without relying on relevance judgments was first explored by Soboroff et al. [13]. Over the years, a number of alternative approaches have been proposed, all of which have been evaluated on early TREC test collections. In this work, we perform a wider analysis of system ranking estimation methods on sixteen TREC data sets which cover more tasks and corpora than previously. Our analysis reveals that the performance of system ranking estimation approaches varies across topics. This observation motivates the hypothesis that the performance of such methods can be improved by selecting the “right” subset of topics from a topic set. We show that using topic subsets improves the performance of automatic system ranking methods by 26% on average, with a maximum of 60%. We also observe that the commonly experienced problem of underestimating the performance of the best systems is data set dependent and not inherent to system ranking estimation. These findings support the case for automatic system evaluation and motivate further research.
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/70844
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12275-0_16
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