Picture water droplets

Developing mathematical theories of the physical world: Open Access research on fluid dynamics from Strathclyde

Strathprints makes available Open Access scholarly outputs by Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics & Statistics, where continuum mechanics and industrial mathematics is a specialism. Such research seeks to understand fluid dynamics, among many other related areas such as liquid crystals and droplet evaporation.

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics also demonstrates expertise in population modelling & epidemiology, stochastic analysis, applied analysis and scientific computing. Access world leading mathematical and statistical Open Access research!

Explore all Strathclyde Open Access research...

Exploiting the similarity of non-matching terms at retrieval time

Crestani, F. (2000) Exploiting the similarity of non-matching terms at retrieval time. Information Retrieval, 2 (1). pp. 23-43. ISSN 1573-7659

[img]
Preview
PDF (strathprints001889.pdf)
strathprints001889.pdf
Accepted Author Manuscript

Download (105kB) | Preview

Abstract

In classic information retrieval systems a relevant document will not be retrieved in response to a query if the document and query representations do not share at least one term. This problem, known as 'term mismatch', has been recognised for a long time by the information retrieval community and a number of possible solutions have been proposed. Here I present a preliminary investigation into a new class of retrieval models that attempt to solve the term mismatch problem by exploiting complete or partial knowledge of term similarity in the term space. The use of term similarity can enhance classic retrieval models by taking into account non-matching terms. The theoretical advantages and drawbacks of these models are presented and compared with other models tackling the same problem. A preliminary experimental investigation into the performance gain achieved by exploiting term similarity with the proposed models is presented and discussed.