Is a query worth translating

Ask the users!

Ahmed Hefny, Kareem Darwish, Ali Alkahky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Users in many regions of the world are multilingual and they issue similar queries in different languages. Given a source language query, we propose query picking which involves finding equivalent target language queries in a large query log. Query picking treats translation as a search problem, and can serve as a translation method in the context of cross-language and multilingual search. Further, given that users usually issue queries when they think they can find relevant content, the success of query picking can serve as a strong indicator to the projected success of cross-language and multilingual search. In this paper we describe a system that performs query picking and we show that picked queries yield results that are statistically indistinguishable from a monolingual baseline. Further, using query picking to predict the effectiveness of cross-language results can have statistically significant effect on the success of multilingual search with improvements over a monolingual baseline. Multilingual merging methods that do not account for the success of query picking can often hurt retrieval effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2011, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages238-250
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783642201608
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2011 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 18 Apr 201121 Apr 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6611 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2011
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period18/4/1121/4/11

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Keywords

  • Cross-language search
  • Multilingual search
  • Query translation mining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

Hefny, A., Darwish, K., & Alkahky, A. (2011). Is a query worth translating: Ask the users! In Advances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2011, Proceedings (pp. 238-250). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6611 LNCS). Springer Verlag.

Is a query worth translating : Ask the users! / Hefny, Ahmed; Darwish, Kareem; Alkahky, Ali.

Advances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2011, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, 2011. p. 238-250 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6611 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Hefny, A, Darwish, K & Alkahky, A 2011, Is a query worth translating: Ask the users! in Advances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2011, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 6611 LNCS, Springer Verlag, pp. 238-250, 33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2011, Dublin, Ireland, 18/4/11.
Hefny A, Darwish K, Alkahky A. Is a query worth translating: Ask the users! In Advances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2011, Proceedings. Springer Verlag. 2011. p. 238-250. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
Hefny, Ahmed ; Darwish, Kareem ; Alkahky, Ali. / Is a query worth translating : Ask the users!. Advances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2011, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, 2011. pp. 238-250 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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