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Focused Access to Wikipedia

Börkur Sigurbjörnsson, Jaap Kamps, and Maarten de Rijke.

In: 6th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop (DIR 2006). 2006.

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Wikipedia is a “free” online encyclopedia. It contains millions of entries in many languages and is growing at a fast pace. Due to its volume, search engines play an important role in giving access to the information in Wikipedia. The “free” availability of the collection makes it an attractive corpus for information retrieval experiments. In this paper we describe the evaluation of a search engine that provides focused search access to Wikipedia, i.e., a search engine which gives direct access to individual sections of Wikipedia pages.

The main contributions of this paper are twofold. First, we introduce Wikipedia as a test corpus for information retrieval experiments in general and for semi-structured retrieval in particular. Second, we demonstrate that focused XML retrieval methods can be applied to a wider range of problems than searching scientific journals in XML format, including accessing reference works.


@inproceedings{sigurbjornsson2006focused, author  = {B"orkur Sigurbj"ornsson and Jaap Kamps and Maarten de Rijke}, title   = {Focused Access to Wikipedia}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 6th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop         (DIR 2006)}, year   = {2006},}
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