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Context generation and information retrieval

Ruthven, I. and van Rijsbergen, C.J. (1996) Context generation and information retrieval. In: Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium (Flairs 96), 1996-05-20 - 1996-05-22.

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The interaction between a user and an information retrieval system can be viewed as a dialogue in which both participants are trying to interpret the others' actions in the light of previous experience. The sys- tem then must try to generate a context in which to interpret the user's response to the presented mate- rial. This notion of context operates on a principle of relevance. Information that the system believes is relevant to the user, or that the user has indicated as relevant will form the basis of the system's notion of the context. This paper presents a way of represent- ing a context that can use both the systems knowl- edge about itself and the user's response to generate a view of the retrieval session.