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The Eighth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC-8)



Ellen M. Voorhees, Donna K. Harman


This report constitutes the proceedings of the eighth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC-8) held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, November 16, 1999. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and was attended by 170 people. Sixty-six groups including participants from 16 different countries were represented. The conference was the eighth in an ongoing series of workshops to evaluate new technologies in text retrieval.The workshop included plenary sessions, discussion groups, a poster session, and demonstrations. Because the participants in the workshop drew on their personal experiences, they sometimes cited specific vendors and commercial products. The inclusion or omission of a particular company or product implies neither endorsement nor criticism by NIST. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the individual papers are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsors.The sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is gratefully acknowledged, as is the tremendous work of the program committee and the track coordinators.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-246
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information retrieval, search engines, text retrieval, TREC


Voorhees, E. and Harman, D. (2000), The Eighth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC-8), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2000, Updated November 10, 2018