Monday, December 1

Sparse information on TREC 2008

The annual TREC conference was held a little over a week ago in Maryland. So far, there have been no public reports on how it went. It would be useful to have the meetings video taped and broadcast over the web, as well as other ways for interacting with non-attendees.

Rodrygo from Glasgow has a post covering the blog track workshop, focusing mainly on the discussion around the 2009 track. Notably, the opinion finding and polarity tasks are being discontinued.

Rodryo writes,
It was a consensus among the attendees that opinion retrieval and polarity detection are still open, relevant problems. Yet a few groups managed to deploy interesting techniques that achieved consistent opinion retrieval performances across several strongly performing baselines in the track this year, polarity detection approaches looked rather naive.

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