Novelty detection

Ian Soboroff, Donna Harman
2005 Proceedings of the conference on Human Language Technology and Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing - HLT '05   unpublished
A challenge for search systems is to detect not only when an item is relevant to the user's information need, but also when it contains something new which the user has not seen before. In the TREC novelty track, the task was to highlight sentences containing relevant and new information in a short, topical document stream. This is analogous to highlighting key parts of a document for another person to read, and this kind of output can be useful as input to a summarization system. Search topics
more » ... involved both news events and reported opinions on hot-button subjects. When people performed this task, they tended to select small blocks of consecutive sentences, whereas current systems identified many relevant and novel passages. We also found that opinions are much harder to track than events.
doi:10.3115/1220575.1220589 fatcat:nyu2eznk5jghbfwpyd4uhpbjqq