The core objective of PIR-CLEF 2019 is to develop laboratory-based evaluation methods to enable comparative evaluation of personalization in Web Search and Medical Search.

  • Gabriella Pasi, University of Milano-Bicocca (DISCo), Milan, Italy
  • Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
  • Task 1 – Web Search
  • Task 2 – Medical Search
Task 1 – Web Search

The Web Search task aims to explore personalization in web search sessions based on user profiles and activity with the current and previous search sessions by this user. Task participants will be provided with user profile data and logs of search activity with the objective of improving search effectiveness over that achieved in the logged search sessions. A particular focus in PIR-CLEF 2019 will be on the exploration of methods and metrics for comparative search sessions.

Task 2 – Medical Search

Medical Search is one of the most common interests of users of search engines. For this year’s pilot task, we challenge participants to work on the task of generating personalized retrieval techniques for the queries posed by patients on viewing their medical discharge summaries, where the discharge summaries are used in this personalization process. Optionally additional resources can also be used in personalized retrieval technique generation.