Ranking model selection and fusion for effective microblog search

Zhongyu Wei, Wei Gao, Tarek El-Ganainy, Walid Magdy, Kam Fai Wong

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Re-ranking was shown to have positive impact on the effectiveness for microblog search. Yet, existing approaches mostly focused on using a single ranker to learn a better ranking function with respect to various relevance features. Given different available rank learners (such as learning to rank algorithms), in this work, we mainly study an orthogonal problem where multiple learned ranking models form an ensemble for re-ranking the retrieved tweets rather than just using a single ranking model in order to achieve higher search effectiveness. We explore the use of query-sensitive model selection and rank fusion methods based on the result lists produced from multiple rank learners. Base on the TREC microblog datasets, we found that our selection-based ensemble approach can significantly outperform the system that uses the single best ranker, and it also has clear advantage over the rank fusion approach that combines the results of all the available models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Media Content Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Language Processing and Beyond
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789813223615
ISBN (Print)9789813223608
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Wei, Z., Gao, W., El-Ganainy, T., Magdy, W., & Wong, K. F. (2017). Ranking model selection and fusion for effective microblog search. In Social Media Content Analysis: Natural Language Processing and Beyond (pp. 3-18). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789813223615_0001