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For thousands of years people have realized the importance of archiving and finding information. With the advent of computers, it became possible to store large amounts of information; and finding useful information from such collections became a necessity. The field of Information Retrieval (IR) was born in the 1950s out of this necessity. Over the last(More)
As the amount of textual information available through the World Wide Web grows, there is a growing need for high-precision IR systems that enable a user to nd useful information from the masses of available textual data. Phrases have traditionally been regarded as precision-enhancing devices and have proved useful as content-identiiers in representing(More)
The Smart information retrieval project emphasizes completely automatic approaches to the understanding and retrieval of large quantities of text. We continue our work in TREC 3, performing runs in the routing, ad-hoc, and foreign language environments. Our major focus is massive query expansion: adding from 300 to 530 terms to each query. These terms come(More)