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TREC-8 Interactive Track Report



William Hersh, Paul D. Over


This report is an introduction to the work of the TREC-8 Interactive Track with its goal of investigating interactive information retrieval by examining the process as well as the results.Seven research groups ran a total of 14 interactive information retrieval (IR) systems on a shared problem: a question-answering task, six statements of information need, and a collection of 210,158 articles from the Financial Times of London 1991-1994.This report summarizes the shared experimental framework, which for TREC-8 was designed to support analysis and comparison of system performance only within sites. The report refers the reader to separate discussions of the experiments performed by each participating group - their hypotheses, experimental systems, and results. The papers from each of the participating groups and the raw and evaluated results are available via the TREC home page (
TREC-8 Interactive Track Report


experimental design, interactive information retrieval, TREC


Hersh, W. and Over, P. (2000), TREC-8 Interactive Track Report, TREC-8 Interactive Track Report, [online], (Accessed February 22, 2024)
Created October 22, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021