News Clustering Track
Splitting news feeds into event-based topics.
Event - something taking place at a certain time in a certain place
along with all its causes and all its inevitable consequences.
Event-based topic - representation of the event in the news media
(i.e. a set of news reports about the event). Topics can possibly be associatively related, see Further
information for examples below.
The test collection used in this track is the ROMIP news collection that contains
news feeds from several news agencies.
Task Description for Participating Systems
Participants have to structure/group an input stream of news reports from the collection into a set of event-based topics.
- instructions for assessors: TBD
- evaluation method: TBD
- relevance scale: TBD
- official metrics: TBD
Different event-based topics can still be associatively related (it can be a
cause-effect or a space-time relation).
"Mourning the death of Pope John Paul II" and "Altering the date of the next round of the Italian soccer championship
because of the Pope's death" - these are two different topics but there is an associative relationship
"NYC theatre co-founder Curt Dempster has died"
and "Fulton Theatre presents 'The Mousetrap'" - there are neither cause-effect nor space-time relationship, i.e. no