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Relevance Models based on the Knowledge Gap
Yasin Ghafourian

This event took place on 2nd November 2022 at 11:30am (11:30 GMT)
Knowledge Media Institute, Berrill Building, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, MK7 6AA

Search systems are increasingly used for gaining knowledge through accessing relevant resources from a vast volume of content. However, search systems provide only limited support to users in knowledge acquisition contexts. Specifically, they do not fully consider the knowledge gap which we define as the gap existing between what the user knows and what the user intends to learn. The effects of considering the knowledge gap for knowledge acquisition tasks remain largely unexplored in search systems. In my PhD project, we propose to model and incorporate the knowledge gap into search algorithms. The goal is to explore to what extent the incorporation of the knowledge gap leads to an improvement in the performance of search systems in knowledge acquisition tasks.

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