Retrieving documents by plausible inference: A preliminary study

W. B. Croft, T. J. Lucia, P. R. Cohen

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Abstract

Choosing an appropriate document representation and search strategy for document retrieval has been largely guided by achieving good average performance instead of optimizing the results for each individual query. A model of retrieval based on plausible inference gives us a different perspective and suggests that techniques should be found for combining multiple sources of evidence (or search strategies) into an overall assessment of a document's relevance, rather than attempting to pick a single strategy. In this paper, we explain our approach to plausible inference for retrieval and describe some preliminary experiments designed to test this approach. The experiments use a spreading activation search to implement the plausible inference process. The results show that significant effectiveness improvements are possible using this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 1988
EditorsYves Chiaramella
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages481-494
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)2706103094, 9782706103094
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1988
Event11th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 1988 - Grenoble, France
Duration: Jun 13 1988Jun 15 1988

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 11th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 1988

Other

Other11th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 1988
CountryFrance
CityGrenoble
Period6/13/886/15/88

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  • Information Systems

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    Croft, W. B., Lucia, T. J., & Cohen, P. R. (1988). Retrieving documents by plausible inference: A preliminary study. In Y. Chiaramella (Ed.), Proceedings of the 11th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 1988 (pp. 481-494). (Proceedings of the 11th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 1988). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/62437.62491