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Overview of the TREC 2004 Novelty Track



Ian M. Soboroff


TREC 2004 marks the third and final year for the Novelty Track. The task is as follows: Given a TREC topic and an ordered list of documents, systems must find relevant and novel sentences that should be returned to the user from this set. This task integrates aspects of passage retrieval and information filtering. As in 2003 , there were two categories of topics-events and opinions and four subtasks which provided systems with varying amounts of relevance or novelty information as training data. This year, the task was made harder by the inclusion of some number of irrelevant documents in document sets. Fourteen groups participated in the track this year.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-261
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information retreived, novelty detection, text retrieval conference


Soboroff, I. (2005), Overview of the TREC 2004 Novelty Track, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created August 1, 2005, Updated November 10, 2018