SIGIR Papers Announced

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The complete list of accepted SIGIR papers were announced yesterday:

http://members.unine.ch/jacques.savoy/Events/SIGIR.html

I think there is a much larger diversity this year in topics, a trend that has been growing in recent years.  In fact, the only topic with more than a single session is clustering. A couple of titles that personally look intriguing include:

Assessing the Scenic Route:  Measuring the Value of Search Trails in Web Logs
White Ryen (Microsoft Research Redmond), Huang Jeff (University of Washington)

Relevance and Ranking in Online Dating Systems
Diaz Fernando, Metzler Donald, Amer-Yahia Sihem (Yahoo! Labs)

Comparing User Preferences, for Relevance and Diversity with Test Collection Outputs
Sanderson Mark, Paramita Monica Lestari, Clough Paul, Kanoulas Evangelos (University of Sheffield)

Evaluating Verbose Query Processing Techniques
Huston Samuel, Croft Bruce (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

In particular, the question of “going the scenic route” is one that deserves much more study.  Information Retrieval is most often concerns with effectiveness and efficiency.  The straight path to relevance.  As well it should be.  But there are other valuable goals that are just as much a part of information seeking such as serendipity, diversity, and, well, scenery.  It becomes interesting, and difficult to evaluate, when the goal rather than the process is exploration.