Predicting IR Personalization Performance using Pre-retrieval Query Predictors
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AuthorVicente-López, Eduardo; Campos Ibáñez, Luis Miguel; Fernández Luna, Juan Manuel; Huete, Juan F.
Information retrievalPersonalizationQuery difficultyPerformance prediction
Journal of Intelligent Information Systems volume 51, pages 597–620(2018)
SponsorshipThis work has been supported by the Spanish Andalusian “Consejerı́a de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa” postdoctoral phase of project P09-TIC-4526, the Spanish “Ministerio de Economı́a y Competitividad” projects TIN2013-42741-P and TIN2016-77902-C3-2-P, and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF-FEDER).
Personalization generally improves the performance of queries but in a few cases it may also harms it. If we are able to predict and therefore to disable personalization for those situations, the overall performance will be higher and users will be more satisfied with personalized systems. We use some state-of-the-art pre-retrieval query performance predictors and propose some others including the user profile information for the previous purpose. We study the correlations among these predictors and the difference between the personalized and the original queries. We also use classification and regression techniques to improve the results and finally reach a bit more than one third of the maximum ideal performance. We think this is a good starting point within this research line, which certainly needs more effort and improvements.