Evaluation

Paul Clough
2015 Proceedings of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation on - FIRE '14  
Evaluation of IR systems has typically focused on the system and specifically assessing the quality of a ranked list of results with respect to a query. However, IR functionality is typically just one component amongst many that are used to help support users' wider information seeking activities. Many systems that include a search box also provide features, such as faceted lists, subject hierarchies, visualizations and recommendations to help users find information. In this paper I discuss
more » ... riences gained from developing a system to support exploration and discovery in digital cultural heritage. In particular I focus on the development of system components to support search and navigation and how the different components were evaluated within the development life-cycle of the project. The importance of taking a holistic approach to evaluation, as well as utilising evaluation approaches from domains other than IR, is emphasized. In short, we need to be thinking outside the (search) box when it comes to evaluation in IR.
doi:10.1145/2824864.2824890 dblp:conf/fire/Clough14 fatcat:ehrplpbeezhhnlvgf3jcszfz4a