Introduction to Information Retrieval

By Volkan TUNALI, September 1, 2010 11:36 pm

Introduction to Information RetrievalI will introduce a new book I find very useful: Introduction to Information Retrieval by Christopher D. Manning, Prabhakar Raghavan and Hinrich Schütze, from Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 0521865719).

The book provides a modern approach to information retrieval from a computer science perspective. It is based on a course the authors have been teaching in various forms at Stanford University and at the University of Stuttgart.

It contains the following chapters:

  1. Boolean retrieval
  2. The term vocabulary & postings lists
  3. Dictionaries and tolerant retrieval
  4. Index construction
  5. Index compression
  6. Scoring, term weighting & the vector space model
  7. Computing scores in a complete search system
  8. Evaluation in information retrieval
  9. Relevance feedback & query expansion
  10. XML retrieval
  11. Probabilistic information retrieval
  12. Language models for information retrieval
  13. Text classification & Naive Bayes
  14. Vector space classification
  15. Support vector machines & machine learning on documents
  16. Flat clustering
  17. Hierarchical clustering
  18. Matrix decompositions & latent semantic indexing
  19. Web search basics
  20. Web crawling and indexes
  21. Link analysis

The book is freely available for download in PDF format at http://nlp.stanford.edu/IR-book/information-retrieval-book.html (as a whole or as individual chapters).

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