SIGIR'98 Research Paper Program
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21st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on
Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Melbourne, Australia

August 24 - 28, 1998


Welcome, Tuesday 25 August, 9:00am-9:15am
Keynote Address, Tuesday 25 August, 9:15am-10:30am

The Future of Internet Search
Steve Kirsch (Infoseek)

Session 1 -- Opening Session, Tuesday 25 August, 11:00am-12:30pm

Advantages of Query Biased Summaries in Information Retrieval
Anastasios Tombros (University of Glasgow), Mark Sanderson (University of Massachusetts)

A Theory of Term Weighting Based on Exploratory Data Analysis
Warren R. Greiff (University of Massachusetts)

New Techniques for Open-Vocabulary Spoken Document Retrieval
Martin Wechsler, Eugen Munteanu, Peter Schäuble (ETH Zürich)

Session 2 -- Event Detection and Clustering, Tuesday 25 August, 2:00pm-3:30pm

A Study on Retrospective and On-Line Event Detection
Yiming Yang, Tom Pierce, Jaime Carbonell (Carnegie Mellon University)

On-line New Event Detection and Tracking
James Allan, Ron Papka, Victor Lavrenko (University of Massachusetts)

Web Document Clustering: A Feasibility Demonstration
Oren Zamir, Oren Etzioni (University of Washington)

Poster and Demonstration Session, Tuesday 25 August, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Session 3A -- Cross-Lingual Retrieval, Wednesday 26 August, 9:00am-10:30am

The Effects of Query Structure and Dictionary Setups in Dictionary-Based Cross-Language Information Retrieval
Ari Pirkola (University of Tampere)

Resolving Ambiguity for Cross-Language Retrieval
Lisa Ballesteros, W. Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts)

Cross-Language Information Retrieval with the UMLS Metathesaurus
David Eichmann, Miguel E. Ruiz, Padmini Srinivasan (University of Iowa)

Session 3B -- Categorisation, Wednesday 26 August, 9:00am-10:30am

Using A Generalised Instance Set for Automatic Text Categorisation
Wai Lam, Chao Yang Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Automated Essay Grading using Text Categorization Techniques
Leah S. Larkey (University of Massachusetts)

Distributional Clustering of Words for Text Classification
L. Douglas Baker (Carnegie Mellon University), Andrew Kachites McCallum (Just Research)

Session 4A -- Distributed Retrieval, Wednesday 26 August, 11:00am-12:30pm

Improved Algorithms for Topic Distillation in a Hyperlinked Enviroment
Krishna Bharat, Monika R. Henzinger (Digital Equipment Corporation)

Effective Retrieval with Distributed Collections
Jinxi Xu, Jamie Callan (University of Massachusetts)

Evaluating Database Selection Techniques: A Testbed and Experiment
James C. French, Allison L. Powell (University of Virginia), Charles L. Viles (University of North Carolina), Travis Emmitt, Kevin J. Prey (University of Virginia)

Session 4B -- Using Structure, Wednesday 26 August, 11:00am-12:30pm

The Impact of Query Structure and Query Expansion on Retrieval Performance
Jaana Kekäläinen, Kalervo Järvelin (University of Tampere)

A Flexible Model for Retrieval of SGML Documents
Sung Hyon Myaeng, Dong-Hyun Jang (Chungnam National University), Mun-Seok Kim, Zong-Cheol Zhoo (Systems Engineering Research Institute)

Discovering Typical Structures of Documents: A Road Map Approach
Ke Wang, Huiqing Liu (National University of Singapore)

Session 5A -- Interactive Retrieval, Wednesday 26 August, 2:00pm-3:30pm

A Cognitive Model for Searching for Ill-Defined Targets on the Web: The Relationship between Search Strategies and User Satisfaction
Mari Saito, Kazunori Ohmura (Sony)

Comparing Interactive Information Retrieval Systems Across Sites: The TREC-6 Interactive Track Matrix Experiment
Eric Lagergren, Paul Over (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Aspect Windows, 3-D Visualizations, and Indirect Comparisons of Information Retrieval Systems
Russell C. Swan, James Allan (University of Massachusetts)

Session 5B -- Combination of Evidence, Wednesday 26 August, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Modeling and Combining Evidence Provided by Document Relationships Using Probabalistic Argumentation Systems
Justin Picard (Université de Neuchâtel)

Predicting the Performance of Linearly Combined IR Systems
Christopher C. Vogt, Garrison W. Cottrell (University of California, San Diego)

Experiments in Japanese Text Retrieval and Routing using the NEAT System
Gareth J. F. Jones, Tetsuya Sakai, Masahiro Kajiura, Kazuo Sumita (Toshiba)

Panel Session, Wednesday 26 August, 4:00pm-5:15pm

Tools for Searching the Web
Paul Over, Donna Harman (NIST)

Session 6A -- Query and Profile Modification, Thursday 27 August, 9:00am-10:30am

Improving Automatic Query Expansion
Mandar Mitra (Cornell University), Amit Singhal (AT&T Labs), Chris Buckley (Sabir Research)

Boosting and Rocchio Applied to Text Filtering
Robert E. Schapire, Yoram Singer, Amit Singhal (AT&T Labs)

Learning While Filtering Documents
Jamie Callan (University of Massachusetts)

Session 6B -- Information Retrieval Experiments, Thursday 27 August, 9:00am-10:30am

Spatial Querying for Image Retrieval: A User-Oriented Evaluation
Joemon M. Jose, Jonathan Furner, David J. Harper (Robert Gordon University)

Extracting Classification Knowledge of Internet Documents with Mining Term Associations: A Semantic Approach
Shian-Hua Lin (National Cheng Kung University), Chi-Sheng Shih, Meng Chang Chen, Jan-Ming Ho, Ming-Tat Ko (Academia Sinica), Yueh-Ming Huang (National Cheng Kung University)

Improving Two-stage Ad-Hoc Retrieval for Short Queries
K.L. Kwok, M. Chan (City University of New York)

Session 7A -- Retrieval Models, Thursday 27 August, 11:00am-12:30pm

DOLORES: A System for Logic-Based Retrieval of Multimedia Objects
Norbert Fuhr, Norbert Gövert, Thomas Rölleke (University of Dortmund)

RELIEF: Combining Expressiveness and Rapidity into a Single System
Iadh Ounis, Marius Pasca (Université de Grenoble)

A Language Modeling Approach to Information Retrieval
Jay M. Ponte, W. Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts)

Session 7B -- Efficiency, Thursday 27 August, 11:00am-12:30pm

Efficient Construction of Large Test Collections
Gordon V. Cormack, Christopher R. Palmer (University of Waterloo), Charles L.A. Clarke (University of Toronto)

Compressed Inverted Files with Reduced Decoding Overheads
Vo Ngoc Anh, Alistair Moffat (University of Melbourne)

Fast Searching on Compressed Text Allowing Errors
Edleno S. de Moura (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Gonzalo Navarro (Universidad de Chile), Nivio Ziviani (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Universidad de Chile)

SIGIR Business Meeting, Thursday 27 August, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session 8 -- Information Retrieval Experiments, Thursday 27 August, 3:00pm-4:30pm

How Reliable are the Results of Large-Scale Information Retrieval Experiments?
Justin Zobel (RMIT)

Variations in Relevance Judgements and the Measurement of Retrieval Effectiveness
Ellen M. Voorhees (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Measures of Relative Relevance and Ranked Half-Life: Performance Indicators for Interactive IR
Pia Borlund, Peter Ingwersen (Royal School of Library and Information Science)

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Alistair Moffat,
15 April 1998.