A formalization of logical imaging for information retrieval using quantum theory

G. Zuccon, L. A. Azzopardi, C. J. van Rijsbergen

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In this paper we introduce a formalization of Logical Imaging applied to IR in terms of Quantum Theory through the use of an analogy between states of a quantum system and terms in text documents. Our formalization relies upon the Schrodinger Picture, creating an analogy between the dynamics of a physical system and the kinematics of probabilities generated by Logical Imaging. By using Quantum Theory, it is possible to model more precisely contextual information in a seamless and principled fashion within the Logical Imaging process. While further work is needed to empirically validate this, the foundations for doing so are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDEXA '08. 19th International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Application, 2008
Place of PublicationWashington, DC, USA
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameDEXA '08
PublisherIEEE Computer Society


  • logical imaging
  • kinematics
  • information retrieval
  • quantum theory


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