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A Generative Theory of Relevance

Lavrenko, Victor

2009

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From the reviews:

"Lavrenko introduces a new model of relevance for information retrieval (IR). He introduces a new way of looking at topical relevance with a new way of modeling topical content. … The book is divided into six chapters. … The index is adequate … . The lists of figures and tables in the tables of contents are very useful for quick reference. IR professionals and graduate students are the intended audience … ." (E. Y. Lee, ACM Computing Reviews, May, 2009)

“The goal of this book is to provide a third alternative to the classical probabilistic model and the language modeling approach. It introduces a model of retrieval that treats relevance as a common generative process underlying both documents and queries. … To researchers and graduate students the book offers a new way of thinking about relevance, a number of interesting facts about existing models, and some explanations for strange experimental observations.” (Antonín Ríha, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1168, 2009)

“In ‘A generative Theory of Relevance’, Victor Lavrenko analyzes in depth both the theory and effectiveness of pseudo-relevance feedback. … The combination and thoroughness of the theoretical and experimental discussions make this book an essential read for both the information retrieval theoretician as well as the practitioner. … By the end of the book, the reader is comfortable enough with the techniques to apply them to new domains. … Lavrenko makes nice theoretical and empirical contributions to the state of the art.” (Fernando Diaz, Information Retrieval, Vol. 13, 2010)

 

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