Relevance in Textual Retrieval

Don Graft, Carol Barry

Research into user defined relevance has progressed to the point of identifying factors influencing users’ relevance evaluations and supporting the view of relevance as a userbased judgment which incorporates factors beyond the topical appropriateness of information. The next step, it would seem, is to begin exploration of the mechanisms and algorithms which might be incorporated into information retrieval systems to carry the retrieval process itself beyond topical matching.

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