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Query Clarity with Retrieval

This application computes clarity scores for an expanded query model based on pseudo-feedback documents. Performs the retrieval of those documents using the relevant SimpleKLRetMethod parameters. Clarity scores for each entire query, and each individual term within each query are written to the file specified by the parameter "expandedQuery".


  1. index: The complete name of the index table-of-content file for the database index.

  2. smoothSupportFile: The name of the smoothing support file (e.g., one generated by GenerateSmoothSupport).

  3. textQuery: the original query text stream

  4. expandedQuery: the file to store the query clarity scores.

  5. feedbackDocCount: the number of docs to use for pseudo-feedback. If not specified or 0, the value defaults to 500.

  6. queryUpdateMethod: feedback method, one of:

  7. Method-specific feedback parameters:

    For all interpolation-based approaches (i.e., the new query model is an interpolation of the original model with a (feedback) model computed based on the feedback documents), the following four parameters apply:

    1. feedbackCoefficient: the coefficient of the feedback model for interpolation. The value is in [0,1], with 0 meaning using only the original model (thus no updating/feedback) and 1 meaning using only the feedback model (thus ignoring the original model).

    2. feedbackTermCount: Truncate the feedback model to no more than a given number of words/terms.

    3. feedbackProbThresh: Truncate the feedback model to include only words with a probability higher than this threshold. Default value: 0.001.

    4. feedbackProbSumThresh: Truncate the feedback model until the sum of the probability of the included words reaches this threshold. Default value: 1.

Parameters feedbackTermCount, feedbackProbThresh, and feedbackProbSumThresh work conjunctively to control the truncation, i.e., the truncated model must satisfy all the three constraints.

All the three feedback methods also recognize the parameter feedbackMixtureNoise (default value :0.5), but with different interpretations.

In addition, the collection mixture model also recognizes the parameter emIterations, which is the maximum number of iterations the EM algorithm will run. Default: 50. (The EM algorithm can terminate earlier if the log-likelihood converges quickly, where convergence is measured by some hard-coded criterion. See the source code in SimpleKLRetMethod.cpp for details. )

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