Evaluation of Cross-Language Information Retrieval Using the Domain-Specific GIRT Data as Parallel German-English Corpus


Michael Kluck

Informationszentrum Sozialwissenschaften (IZ), Lennéstr. 30, 53113 Bonn, Germany




The development of the evaluation of domain-specific cross-language information retrieval (CLIR) is shown in the context of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) campaigns from 2000 to 2003. The pre-conditions and the usable data and additionally available instruments are described. The main goals of this task of CLEF are to allow the evaluation of Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) systems in the context of structured data and in a domain-specific area (not in the more general context of floating, journalistic texts), and with the additional possibility to make use of thesauri which had been used for intellectual indexing of the documents and are provided with the data. The parallel German-English GIRT4 corpus is described and some of the results of the CLEF 2004 campaign are discussed.


information retrieval, parallel corpus, CLEF, evaluation, cross-language retrieval, domain-specific data


German, English

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