ECAI 2004 Conference Paper

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On the Importance of Being Diverse

Maurice Coyle, Barry Smyth

Web search engines place a significance emphasis on the similarity between the current query and the results when it comes to selecting and ranking a result-list. We argue that this query-similarity emphasis may limit search precision. We draw on related work by the case-based reasoning (CBR) community, which shows how enhancing result diversity can improve the quality of retrieved cases and recommendations. We evaluate the use of such techniques in Web search, showing that similar benefits are available.

Keywords: Web search, similarity, diversity

Citation: Maurice Coyle, Barry Smyth: On the Importance of Being Diverse. In R.López de Mántaras and L.Saitta (eds.): ECAI2004, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2004, pp.979-980.


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ECAI-2004 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de València on behalf of Asociación Española de Inteligencia Artificial (AEPIA) and Associació Catalana d'Intel-ligència Artificial (ACIA).