WikiTranslate: Query Translation for Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval Using Only Wikipedia

Dong Nguyen, Arnold Overwijk, Claudia Hauff, Dolf Trieschnigg, Djoerd Hiemstra, Franciska de Jong

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This paper presents WikiTranslate, a system which performs query translation for cross-lingual information retrieval (CLIR) using only Wikipedia to obtain translations. Queries are mapped to Wikipedia concepts and the corresponding translations of these concepts in the target language are used to create the final query. WikiTranslate is evaluated by searching with topics formulated in Dutch, French and Spanish in an English data collection. The system achieved a performance of 67% compared to the monolingual baseline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvaluating Systems for Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access, 9th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2008, Aarhus, Denmark, September 17-19, 2008, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-04447-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-04446-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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