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TREC-2001 Interactive Track Report



William Hersh, Paul D. Over


In the TREC 2001 Interactive Track six research teams carried out observational studies which increased the realism of the searching by allowing the use of data and search systems/tools publicly accessible via the Internet. To the extent possible, searchers were allowed to choose tasks and systems/tools for accomplishing those tasks. At the same time, the studies for TREC 2001 were designed to maximize the likelihood that groups would find in their observations the germ of a hypothesis they could test for TREC 2002. This suggested that there be restrictions ¿ some across all sites, some only within a given site ¿ to make it more likely that patterns would emerge. The restrictions were formalized in two sorts of guidelines: one set for all sites and another set that applied only within a site.


Hersh, W. and Over, P. (2002), TREC-2001 Interactive Track Report, OTHER, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 21, 2024)


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Created March 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021