Expert agreement and content based reranking in a meta search environment using Mearf

B. Uygar Oztekin, George Karypis, Vipin Kumar

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Abstract

Recent increase in the number of search engines on the Web and the availability of meta search engines that can query multiple search engines makes it important to find effective methods for combining results coming from different sources. In this paper we introduce novel methods for reranking in a meta search environment based on expert agreement and contents of the snippets. We also introduce an objective way of evaluating different methods for ranking search results that is based upon implicit user judgements. We incorporated our methods and two variations of commonly used merging methods in our meta search engine, Mearf, and carried out an experimental study using logs accumulated over a period of twelve months. Our experiments show that the choice of the method used for merging the output produced by different search engines plays a significant role in the overall quality of the search results. In almost all cases examined, results produced by some of the new methods introduced were consistently better than the ones produced by traditional methods commonly used in various meta search engines. These observations suggest that the proposed methods can offer a relatively inexpensive way of improving the meta search experience over existing methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW '02
Pages333-344
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Event11th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW '02 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: May 7 2002May 11 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 11th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW '02

Other

Other11th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW '02
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period5/7/025/11/02

Keywords

  • Collection fusion
  • Expert agreement
  • Merging
  • Meta search
  • Reranking

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