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Search Advertising using Web Relevance Feedback,Andrei Z. Broder,Peter Ciccolo,Marcus Fontoura,Evgeniy Gabrilovich,Vanja Josifovski,Lance Riedel

Search Advertising using Web Relevance Feedback  
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The business of Web search, a $10 billion industry, relies heavily on sponsored search, whereas a few carefully-selected paid advertisements are displayed alongside algorithmic search results. A key technical challenge in sponsored search is to select ads that are relevant for the user's query. Identifying relevant ads is challenging because queries are usually very short, and because users, consciously or not, choose terms intended to lead to optimal Web search results and not to optimal ads. Furthermore, the ads themselves are short and usually formulated to capture the reader's attention rather than to facilitate query matching. Traditionally, matching of ads to queries employed stan- dard information retrieval techniques using the bag of words approach. Here we propose to go beyond the bag of words, and augment both queries and ads with additional knowledge- rich features. We use Web search results initially returned for the query to create a pool of relevant documents. Clas- sifying these documents with respect to an external taxon- omy and identifying salient named entities give rise to two new feature types. Empirical evaluation based on over 9,000 query-ad pairwise judgments conflrms that using augmented queries produces highly relevant ads. Our methodology also relaxes the requirement for each ad to explicitly specify the exhaustive list of queries (\bid phrases") that can trigger it.
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