The Factoid Queries Collection

Jun 19, 2016

We present a collection of over 15,000 queries, issued to commercial web search engines, whose answer is a single fact. The collection was produced based on queries landing on questions within a large community question answering website, each with a best answer no longer than 3 words and an explicit reference to a Wikipedia page. We describe the collection generation process and provide a variety of descriptive characteristics, demonstrating the collection’s uniqueness compared to existing datasets and its potential use for research of factoid question answering and retrieval. 

  • 39th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2016)
  • Conference/Workshop Paper