How to Measure the Reproducibility of System-oriented IR Experiments

Timo Breuer, Nicola Ferro, Norbert Fuhr, Maria Maistro, Tetsuya Sakai, Philipp Schaer, Ian Soboroff

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Abstract

Replicability and reproducibility of experimental results are primary concerns in all the areas of science and IR is not an exception. Besides the problem of moving the field towards more reproducible experimental practices and protocols, we also face a severe methodological issue: we do not have any means to assess when reproduced is reproduced. Moreover, we lack any reproducibility-oriented dataset, which would allow us to develop such methods. To address these issues, we compare several measures to objectively quantify to what extent we have replicated or reproduced a system-oriented IR experiment. These measures operate at different levels of granularity, from the fine-grained comparison of ranked lists, to the more general comparison of the obtained effects and significant differences. Moreover, we also develop a reproducibility-oriented dataset, which allows us to validate our measures and which can also be used to develop future measures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages349-358
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380164
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 25
Event43rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2020 - Virtual, Online, China
Duration: 2020 Jul 252020 Jul 30

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference43rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2020
CountryChina
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/7/2520/7/30

Keywords

  • measure
  • replicability
  • reproducibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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