Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol:6611 pages:80-91
The 33rd European conference on information retrieval location:Dublin, Ireland date:18-21 April 2011
The TadPolemic system identiﬁes whether web search queries
(1) are controversial in nature and/or (2) pertain to children’s topics. We are incorporating it into a children’s web search engine to assist children’s search during difficult topics, as well as to provide ﬁltering or mitigation of bias in results when children search for contentious topics. We show through an evaluation that the system is effective at detecting kids’ topics and controversies for a broad range of topics. Though designed to assist children, we believe these methods are generalizable beyond young audiences and can be usefully applied in other contexts.