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Estimation of query difficulty is an attempt to quantify the quality of results returned by the search system for a query. Ideally, a system that can predict difficult queries can adapt parameters or change algorithms to suit the query. Such systems could give feedback to the user, for example,...
In the last few years there have been the explosion in the use of heterogeneous distributed systems. Ranging from simple Network of Workstations to the more modern and complex Grid systems, the adoption of distributed systems instead of massively parallel supercomputers has been preferred due to...
On the 30 th July 2005, a workshop on XML element retrieval methodology was held as part of the Information Retrieval Festival at the University of Glasgow. Ten papers were presented in four sessions. Each session addressed one aspect of the methodology of XML IR: metrics, users, interactive /...
The development and testing of systems to support users engaged in exploratory search activities (i.e., searches where the target may be undefined) is an challenge for the online search community. In this article we report on a workshop on exploratory search issues organized in conjunction with...
The Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval at Lorne (SWIRL 2004) was held in Lorne, Australia, from 8-10 December 2004, sec http://www.cs.mu.oz/~alistair/swirl2004/ for further information. A total of 38 international and Australian researchers and Australian graduate students took part.
IR research is now conducted in multi-media, multi-lingual, and multi-modal environments but largely in a context-free manner (Ingwersen & Järvelin, 2005). However, the retrieval of such information depends on time, place, history of interaction, task in hand, and a range of other factors that...
The workshop on Methodologies and Evaluation of Lexical Cohesion Techniques in Real-World Applications (ELECTRA 2005) was held in Salvador, Brazil on August 19 in conjunction with the 28 th ACM Annual International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2005). The...
The SIGIR 2005 workshop program included seven workshops that were competitively selected from among eight proposals. Organizers of SIGIR 2004 workshops had reported that tight timelines for publicizing workshops and reviewing submissions had resulted in some workshop participants not being...
The first workshop on stylistic analysis of text for information access was held on the day following the 2005 SIGIR conference. This workshop addressed the automatic analysis and extraction of stylistic aspects of natural language texts. Style, roughly defined as the 'manner' in which something...
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