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Cross Language Retrieval for Arabic Texts

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $495,957)

Syracuse University intends to implement a prototype English-Arabic Cross-Language Information Retreival System. The main goal is to mount an operational system that provides immediately necessary capabilities, which will be iteratively improved over the later phases. Syracuse will also test and evaluate the prototype system with a set of users with needs similar to intelligence analysts.

This continuation proposes to provide a demonstration system of the Arabic Information Retrieval capability for the Department of Justice. Initially funded in 2003 under award number 2003-IJ-CX-K018, the AIR system will create and index a dynamic collection of texts from the Al Jazeera website. The delivered demonstration system will allow users to search the data collection using English queries, and retrieve Arabic documents and English translations of those documents in response.


Date Created: September 29, 2003