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Overview of the TREC 2005 Question Answering Track



Ellen M. Voorhees, Hoa T. Dang


The TREC 2005 Question Answering (QA) track contained three tasks: the main question answering task, the document ranking task, and the relationship task. In the main task, question series were used to define a set of targets. Each series was about a single target and contained factoid and list questions. The final question in the series was an ``Other'' question that asked for additional information about the target that was not covered by previous questions in the series. The main task was the same as the single TREC 2004 QA task, except that targets could also be events; the addition of events and dependencies between questions in a series made the task more difficult and resulted in lower evaluation scores than in 2004. The document ranking task was to return a ranked list of documents for each question from a subset of the questions in the main task, where the documents were thought to contain an answer to the question. In the relationship task, systems were given TREC-like topic statements that ended with a question asking for evidence for a particular relationship.
Special Publication (NIST SP) -


evaluation, information/knowledge management, question answering


Voorhees, E. and Dang, H. (2006), Overview of the TREC 2005 Question Answering Track, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed December 2, 2023)
Created October 2, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017