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Scalable multi-dimensional user intent identification using tree structured distributions

Jethava, Vinay and Calderón-Benavides, Liliana and Baeza-Yates, Ricardo and Bhattacharyya, Chiranjib and Dubhashi, Devdatt (2011) Scalable multi-dimensional user intent identification using tree structured distributions. In: SIGIR '11 Proceedings of the 34th international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in Information Retrieval, 2011, New York, NY, USA.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2009916.2009971


The problem of identifying user intent has received considerable attention in recent years, particularly in the context of improving the search experience via query contextualization. Intent can be characterized by multiple dimensions, which are often not observed from query words alone. Accurate identification of Intent from query words remains a challenging problem primarily because it is extremely difficult to discover these dimensions. The problem is often significantly compounded due to lack of representative training sample. We present a generic, extensible framework for learning the multi-dimensional representation of user intent from the query words. The approach models the latent relationships between facets using tree structured distribution which leads to an efficient and convergent algorithm, FastQ, for identifying the multi-faceted intent of users based on just the query words. We also incorporated WordNet to extend the system capabilities to queries which contain words that do not appear in the training data. Empirical results show that FastQ yields accurate identification of intent when compared to a gold standard.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Association for Computing Machinery.
Keywords: Web Search;Query Intent;Facets;Chow-Liu;WordNet;FastQ
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
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Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 09:54
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 09:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46016

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