Soft computing in information retrieval: techniques and applications

F. Crestani (Editor), Gabriella Pasi (Editor)

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Information retrieval (IR) aims at defining systems able to provide a fast and effective content-based access to a large amount of stored information. The aim of an IR system is to estimate the relevance of documents to users' information needs, expressed by means of a query. This is a very difficult and complex task, since it is pervaded with imprecision and uncertainty. Most of the existing IR systems offer a very simple model of IR, which privileges efficiency at the expense of effectiveness. A promising direction to increase the effectiveness of IR is to model the concept of "partially intrinsic" in the IR process and to make the systems adaptive, i.e. able to "learn" the user's concept of relevance. To this aim, the application of soft computing techniques can be of help to obtain greater flexibility in IR systems.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Germany
Number of pages424
ISBN (Print)9783790824735
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameStudies in fuzziness and soft computing
ISSN (Print)1434-9922


  • information retrieval
  • technical applications
  • informationswiedergewinnung
  • - Soft Computing
  • information systems
  • informationssysteme
  • database management
  • artificial intelligence
  • business information systems


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