Ranking model selection and fusion for effective microblog search

Zhongyu Wei, Wei Gao, Tarek El-Ganainy, Walid Magdy, Kam-Fai Wong

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Abstract / Description of output

Re-ranking was shown to have positive impact on the effectiveness for microblog search. Yet existing approaches mostly focused on using a single ranker to learn some better ranking function with respect to various relevance features. Given various available rank learners (such as learning to rank algorithms), in this work, we mainly study an orthogonal problem where multiple learned ranking models form an ensemble for re-ranking the retrieved tweets than just using a single ranking model in order to achieve higher search effectiveness. We explore the use of query-sensitive model selection and rank fusion methods based on the result lists produced from multiple rank learners. Base on the TREC microblog datasets, we found that our selection-based ensemble approach can significantly outperform using the single best ranker, and it also has clear advantage over the rank fusion that combines the results of all the available models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoMeRA'14, Proceedings of the First ACM International Workshop on Social Media Retrieval and Analysis, July 11, 2014, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3022-0
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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