Bias in the retrieval of documents can directly influence the information access of a digital library. In the worst case, systematic favoritism for a certain type of document can render other parts of the collection invisible to users. This potential bias can be evaluated by measuring the retrievability for all documents in a collection. Previous evaluations have been performed on TREC collections using simulated query sets. The question remains, however, how representative this approach is of more realistic settings. To address this question, we investigate the effectiveness of the retrievability measure using a large digitized newspaper corpus, featuring two characteristics that distinguishes our experiments from previous studies: (1) compared to TREC collections, our collection contains noise originating from OCR processing, historical spelling and use of language; and (2) instead of simulated queries, the collection comes with real user query logs including click data. First, we assess the retrievability bias imposed on the newspaper collection by different IR models. We assess the retrievability measure and confirm its ability to capture the retrievability bias in our setup. Second, we show how simulated queries differ from real user queries regarding term frequency and prevalence of named entities, and how this affects the retrievability results.
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Keywords Retrievability Bias, User Query Logs, Digital Library, Digital Humanities
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Editor N.R. Adam , B. Cassel , Y. Yesha
Project COMMIT: Socially Enriched Acces to Linked Cultural Media (P06) , Behavior-aware Search Evaluation for Information Retrieval
Conference IEEE/ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Grant This work was funded by the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); grant id nwo/13675 - Behavior-aware Search Evaluation for Information Retrieval
Traub, M.C, Samar, T, van Ossenbruggen, J.R, He, J, de Vries, A.P, & Hardman, L. (2016). Querylog-based assessment of retrievability bias in a large newspaper corpus. In N.R Adam, B Cassel, & Y Yesha (Eds.), .