Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 8808
DCS Tech Report Number: TR-2008-263

Search and Discovery in User-Generated Text Content
de Rijke,M. Weerkamp,W.

Publication Type: Tech Report (internal)
Appeared in: DCS Technical Report Series
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Publisher: Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Year: 2008

We increasingly live our lives online: Blogs, forums, commenting tools, and many other sharing sites offer possibilities to users to make any information available online. For the first time in history, we are able to collect huge amounts of user-generated content (UGC) within "a blink of an eye". The rapidly increasing amount of UGC poses challenges to the IR community, but also offers many previously unthinkable possibilities. In this tutorial we discuss different aspects of accessing (i.e., searching, tracking, and analyzing) UGC. Our focus will be on textual content, and most of the methods that we will consider for ranking UGC (by relevancy, quality, opinionatedness) are based on language modeling.

Keywords: ECIR 2008 User Generated Text Content Tutorial

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