[Elsnet-list] Corpus Profiling PhD studentship @ RGU

Kruschwitz U udo at essex.ac.uk
Fri Apr 2 22:08:36 CEST 2010

Profiling Document Collections to Improve Search Solutions

It has been recognised that there are complex interdependencies between 
performance of a search technique and the s alient properties of the 
document collection on which it is deployed. Collection properties vary 
significantly across domains (e.g., legal vs patent vs biomedical 
documents). Therefore, the findings about a search technique on one 
collection cannot be automatically generalised to other collections. 
Practically, the search solutions should be tailored to the underlying 
document collection profiles, instead of simply adopting off-the-shelf 
Web search engine for everything. However, it is currently not well 
understood what collection properties are and how they are connected to 
the technique performance. This project aims to address this fundamental 
gap by developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive document 
collection profiling infrastructure to characterise document collections 
in relation to performance of various typical search techniques. The 
project will be in collaboration with Information Retrieval Facility 
(Vienna), the Open University and University of Essex.

Contact: Professor Dawei Song: + 44 (0)1224 262475; d.song at rgu.ac.uk

Application procedure:

Applications should include a completed application form (available from 
http://www.rgu.ac.uk/researchdegrees/applicants/page.cfm?pge=26828), a 
detailed CV, two academic references, plus other required documents, and 
be emailed to researchdegrees at rgu.ac.uk or posted to the Research 
Degrees Office, the Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 
1FR, quoting reference IDEAS.

Closing date: 23rd April 2010

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