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01.05.2015: Math Information Retrieval Paper Accepted @ ACM SIGIR 2015

We are happy to announce that a paper called Challenges of Mathematical Information Retrieval in the NTCIR-11 Math Wikipedia Task by Moritz Schubotz, Abdou Youssef, Volker Markl and Howard Cohl has been accepted for publication at SIGIR 2015 in Santiago, Chile. The paper has been written in collaboration with researchers from the George Washington University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA.

Mathematical Information Retrieval concerns retrieving information related to a particular mathematical concept. The NTCIR-11 Math Task develops an evaluation test collection for document sections retrieval of scientific articles based on human generated topics. Those topics involve a combination of formula patterns and keywords. In addition, the optional Wikipedia Task provides a test collection for retrieval of individual mathematical formula from Wikipedia based on search topics that contain exactly one formula pattern. We developed a framework for automatic query generation and immediate evaluation. This paper discusses our dataset preparation, topic generation and evaluation methods, and summarizes the approaches of the participants, with a special focus on the Wikipedia Task.