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What XML users may want

Woodley, Alan P., Geva, Shlomo, & Edwards, Sylvia L. (2007) What XML users may want. In Fuhr, Norbert, Lalmas, Mounia, & Trotman, Andrew (Eds.) Comparative Evaluation of XML Information Retrieval Systems, 5th International Workshop of the Initiative for the Evaluation of XML Retrieval, INEX 2006, Springer, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, pp. 423-431.

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Abstract

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 INEX, debate has raged on how applicable some of the Ad-hoc tasks are to real user tasks. The purpose of the User-Case Studies track from to explore the application of XML-IR systems from the users’ perspective. This paper outlines QUT’s involvement in this task. For our involvement we conducted a user experiment using an XMLIR system (GPX) and three interfaces: a standard keyword interface, a natural language interface (NLPX) and a query-by-template interface (Bricks). Following the experiment we interviewed the users about their experience and asked them - in comparison with a traditional XML-IR system - what type of tasks would they use an XML-IR system for, what extra information they would need to interact with an XML-IR system and how would they want to see XML-IR results presented. It is hoped that the outcomes of this study will bring us closer to understanding what users want from XML-IR systems.

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ID Code: 9714
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Natural Language Processing, INEX, XML, IR, XML Information Retrieval, Natural Language Queries, NLPX, Bricks, XML, IR Use Cases, Users
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-73888-6_40
ISBN: 3540738878
ISSN: 1611-3349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Information Retrieval and Web Search (080704)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer
Copyright Statement: This is the author-version of the work. Conference proceedings published, by Springer Verlag, will be available via SpringerLink. http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/ Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:41

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