To support research within the IR community, a special program was erected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Department of Defense back in 1992. The program was called The Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), which is part of the TIPSTER Text program. TREC consist of an ongoing series of workshops focusing on a list of different IR research areas or tracks. Its purpose is to support research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies and to ...

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