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InfoScout: An interactive, entity centric, person search tool.

McKeown, Sean; Buivys, Martynas; Azzopardi, Leif


Martynas Buivys

Leif Azzopardi


Individuals living in highly networked societies publish a large amount of personal, and potentially sensitive, information online. Web investigators can exploit such information for a variety of purposes, such as in background vetting and fraud detection. However, such investigations require a large number of expensive man hours and human effort. This paper describes InfoScout, a search tool which is intended to reduce the time it takes to identify and gather subject centric information on the Web. InfoScout collects relevance feedback information from the investigator in order to rerank search results, allowing the intended information to be discovered more quickly. Users may still direct their search as they see fit, issuing ad-hoc queries and filtering existing results by keywords. Design choices are informed by prior work and industry collaboration.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name SIGIR 2016
Start Date Jul 17, 2016
End Date Jul 21, 2016
Acceptance Date Mar 29, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 7, 2016
Publication Date Jul 7, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 8, 2016
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1113-1116
Book Title SIGIR '16 Proceedings of the 39th International ACM SIGIR conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
ISBN 978-1-4503-4069-4
Keywords Web Investigation; Open-Source Intelligence; People Searching; Professional Search; Entity Search
Public URL
Contract Date Jun 28, 2016


InfoScout An interactive entity centric person search tool (1.6 Mb)

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