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Authors: Philipp Sorg 1 and Philipp Cimiano 2

Affiliations: 1 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany ; 2 University of Bielefeld, Germany

ISBN: 978-989-8425-79-9

Keyword(s): Expert retrieval, Learning to rank, Language models, Feature design, Machine learning.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Artificial Intelligence ; Clustering and Classification Methods ; Computational Intelligence ; Evolutionary Computing ; Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval ; Knowledge-Based Systems ; Machine Learning ; Mining Text and Semi-Structured Data ; Soft Computing ; Symbolic Systems ; User Profiling and Recommender Systems

Abstract: We tackle the problem of expert retrieval in Social Question Answering (SQA) sites. In particular, we consider the task of, given an information need in the form of a question posted in a SQA site, ranking potential experts according to the likelihood that they can answer the question. We propose a discriminative model (DM) that allows to combine different sources of evidence in a single retrieval model using machine learning techniques. The features used as input for the discriminative model comprise features derived from language models, standard probabilistic retrieval functions and features quantifying the popularity of an expert in the category of the question. As input for the DM, we propose a novel feature design that allows to exploit language models as features. We perform experiments and evaluate our approach on a dataset extracted from Yahoo! Answers, recently used as benchmark in the CriES Workshop, and show that our proposed approach outperforms i) standard probabilistic retrieval models, ii) a state-of-the-art expert retrieval approach based on language models as well as iii) an established learning to rank model. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Sorg, P. and Cimiano, P. (2011). FINDING THE RIGHT EXPERT - Discriminative Models for Expert Retrieval.In Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval - Volume 1: KDIR, (IC3K 2011) ISBN 978-989-8425-79-9, pages 182-191. DOI: 10.5220/0003650501900199

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title={FINDING THE RIGHT EXPERT - Discriminative Models for Expert Retrieval},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval - Volume 1: KDIR, (IC3K 2011)},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval - Volume 1: KDIR, (IC3K 2011)
TI - FINDING THE RIGHT EXPERT - Discriminative Models for Expert Retrieval
SN - 978-989-8425-79-9
AU - Sorg, P.
AU - Cimiano, P.
PY - 2011
SP - 182
EP - 191
DO - 10.5220/0003650501900199

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