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Issue No. 04 - July-Aug. (2013 vol. 17)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 32-38
Jiayu Tang , Alibaba.com
Tim Gollins , The National Archives, UK
Mark Sanderson , RMIT University
Paul Clough , University of Sheffield
Amy Warner , Royal Holloway, University of London
ABSTRACT
Evaluation is instrumental to developing and managing effective information retrieval systems. For this process, enlisting crowdsourcing has proven viable. However, less understood are crowdsourcing's limits for evaluation, particularly for domain-specific search. The authors compare relevance assessments gathered using crowdsourcing with those from a domain expert to evaluate different search engines in a large government archive. Although crowdsourced judgments rank the tested search engines in the same order as expert judgments, crowdsourced workers appear unable to distinguish different levels of highly accurate search results the way expert assessors can.
INDEX TERMS
Performance evaluation, Navigation, Search engines, System analysis and design, Internet, Crowdsourcing, Search methods, Information retrieval, crowdsourcing, information search and retrieval, performance of systems
CITATION
Jiayu Tang, Tim Gollins, Mark Sanderson, Paul Clough, Amy Warner, "Examining the Limits of Crowdsourcing for Relevance Assessment", IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 17, no. , pp. 32-38, July-Aug. 2013, doi:10.1109/MIC.2012.95
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