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Evaluating the Context Aware Browser: A Benchmark for Proactive, Mobile, and Contextual Web Search

Evaluating the Context Aware Browser: A Benchmark for Proactive, Mobile, and Contextual Web Search
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Author(s): Davide Menegon (University of Udine, Italy), Stefano Mizzaro (University of Udine, Italy), Elena Nazzi (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Luca Vassena (University of Udine, Italy)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on Mobility and Computing: Evolving Technologies and Ubiquitous Impacts
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal) and Fernando Moreira (Portucalense University, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-042-6.ch001

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Abstract

The authors discuss the evaluation of highly interactive and novel context-aware system with a methodology based on a TREC-like benchmark. We take as a case study an application for Web content perusal by means of context-aware mobile devices, named Context-Aware Browser. In this application, starting from the representation of the user’s current context, queries are automatically constructed and used to retrieve the most relevant Web contents. Since several alternatives for query construction exist, it is important to compare their effectiveness, and to this aim we developed a TREC-like benchmark. We present our approach to early stage evaluation, describing our aims and the techniques we apply. The authors underline how, for the evaluation of context-aware retrieval systems, the benchmark methodology adopted can be an extensible and reliable tool.

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