Cross vertical aggregated search is a special form of meta search, were multiple search engines from different domains and varying behaviour are combined to produce a single search result for each query. Such a setting poses a number of challenges, among them the question of how to best evaluate the quality of the aggregated search results. We devised an evaluation strategy together with an evaluation platform in order to conduct a series of experiments. In particular, we are interested whether pseudo relevance feedback helps in such a scenario. Therefore we implemented a number of pseudo relevance feedback techniques based on knowledge bases, where the knowledge base is either Wikipedia or a combination of the underlying search engines themselves. While conducting the evaluations we gathered a number of qualitative and quantitative results and gained insights on how different users compare the quality of search result lists. In regard to the pseudo relevance feedback we found that using Wikipedia as knowledge base generally provides a benefit, unless for entity centric queries, which are targeting single persons or organisations. Our results will enable to help steering the development of cross vertical aggregated search engines and will also help to guide large scale evaluation strategies, for example using crowd sourcing techniques.
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- Evaluation of Pseudo Relevance Feedback Techniques for Cross Vertical Aggregated Search
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