Information Retrieval and Extraction
Fall 2004

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Homework #1 :Evaluation Measures

Homework #2 :Classic Retrieval Models

Homework #3 :Query Expansion and Term Reweighting

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Homework #1 :Evaluation Measures

The the query-document relevance information (AssessmentTrainSet.txt) for a set of queries (16 queries) on a collection of 2,265 documents is provided. An IR model is then tested on this query set  and save the corresponding ranking results in a file (ResultsTrainSet.txt) . Please evaluate the overall model performance using the following two measures.

1. Interpolated Recall-Precision Curve: 
   
    (for each query)

          (overall performance)

2. (Non-interpolated) Mean Average Precision:

     

, where "non-interpolated average precision" is "average precision at seen relevant documents" introduced in the textbook.

Example 1: Interpolated Recall-Precision Curve (By Roger Kuo, Spring 2003)

Example 2: (Non-interpolated) Mean Average Precision (By Li-Der Huang, Spring 2003)

             mAP=0.63787418

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Homework #2 :Classic Retrieval Models

A  set of text queries (16 queries) and a collection of text documents ( 2,265 documents) is provided, in which each word is represented as a number except that the number "-1" is a delimiter. Implement an information retrieval system based on the Vector (Space) Model as well as different term weighting schemes. The query-document relevance information is in "AssessmentTrainSet.txt".  You should evaluated you system with the two measures described in HW#1.

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Homework #3 :Query Expansion and Term Reweighting

You should augment the function of query expansion and term reweighting into your retrieval system that has been built in HW#2. Either (automatic) reference feedback or local analysis can be adopted as the strategy for it, but local analysis is preferred.

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Homework #4: HMM/N-gram-based and PLSI Retrieval Models

You have to implement either the HMM/N-gram-based retrieval model.  A set of query exemplars associated with  topic information (a list of 819 queries and query files) is provided. In addition, the topic information of the document collection and a word-based unigram language model estimated from a general corpus are provided as well .

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