A test set is a pre-existing collection of articles that would meet inclusion criteria for your search.
Articles may be ‘randomly’ acquired through a variety of means, including but not limited to:
Test sets are not to be derived from a structured Medline search.
Half of your test set becomes a development set, and half becomes a validation set.
Your development set is helpful to build your search synonyms. How to use your development set:
You will use your validation set after you have created your search strategy. Once the search is developed, follow the steps below to determine whether the pre-identified validation test set articles are being retrieved by the search.
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