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Overview of the TREC 2004 Terabyte Track



Charles L. Clarke, Nick Craswell, Ian Soboroff


The Terabyte Track explores how adhoc retrieval and evaluationtechniques can scale to terabyte-sized collections. For TREC 2004, ourfirst year, 50 new adhoc topics were created and evaluated over a426GB collection of 25 million documents taken from the .gov Webdomain. A total of 70 runs were submitted by 17 groups. Along with thetop documents, each group reported average query times, indexingtimes, index sizes, and hardware and software characteristics fortheir systems.
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information retrieval evaluation, large-scale collections, TREC


Clarke, C. , Craswell, N. and Soboroff, I. (2005), Overview of the TREC 2004 Terabyte Track, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created October 2, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021