Promoting Repeatability Through Open Runs

Published: June 07, 2016


Ellen M. Voorhees, Shahzad K. Rajput, Ian M. Soboroff


TREC 2015 introduced the concept of ‘Open Runs’ in response to the increasing focus on repeatability of information retrieval experiments. An Open Run is a TREC submission backed by a software repository such that the software in the repository reproduces the system that created that exact run. The id of the repository was captured during the process of submitting the run and published as part of the metadata describing the run in the TREC proceedings. Submitting a run as an Open Run was optional: either a repository id was provided at submission time or it was not, and further processing of the run was identical in either case. Unfortunately, this initial offering was not successful. While a healthy 79 runs were submitted as Open Runs, we could not in fact reproduce any of them. This paper explores possible reasons for the difficulties and makes suggestions for how to address the deficiencies so as to strengthen the Open Run program for TREC 2016.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of The 7th International Workshop on Evaluating Information Access (EVIA 2016)
Conference Dates: June 7, 2016
Conference Location: Tokyo, -1
Conference Title: The 7th International Workshop on Evaluating Information Access (EVIA 2016)
Pub Type: Conferences


information retrieval, repeatability, search engines, TREC
Created June 07, 2016, Updated April 17, 2018