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Text search engines return a set of k documents ranked by similarity to a query. Typically, documents and queries are drawn from natural language text, which can readily be partitioned into words, allowing optimizations of data structures and algorithms for ranking. However, in many new search domains (DNA, multimedia, OCR texts, Far East languages) there(More)
Several recent studies have demonstrated that the type of improvements in information retrieval system effectiveness reported in forums such as SIGIR and TREC do not translate into a benefit for users. Two of the studies used an instance recall task, and a third used a question answering task, so perhaps it is unsurprising that the precision based measures(More)
Much system-oriented evaluation of information retrieval systems has used the Cranfield approach based upon queries run against test collections in a batch mode. Some researchers have questioned whether this approach can be applied to the real world, but little data exists for or against that assertion. We have studied this question in the context of the(More)
—Minimum redundancy coding (also known as Huff-man coding) is one of the enduring techniques of data compression. Many efforts have been made to improve the efficiency of minimum redundancy coding, the majority based on the use of improved representations for explicit Huffman trees. In this paper, we examine how minimum redundancy coding can be implemented(More)
Authorship attribution assigns works of contentious authorship to their rightful owners solving cases of theft, plagiarism and authorship disputes in academia and industry. In this paper we investigate the application of information retrieval techniques to attribution of authorship of C source code. In particular, we explore novel methods for converting C(More)
In 1990, Manber and Myers proposed suffix arrays as a space-saving alternative to suffix trees and described the first algorithms for suffix array construction and use. Since that time, and especially in the last few years, suffix array construction algorithms have proliferated in bewildering abundance. This survey paper attempts to provide simple(More)
The presentation of query biased document snippets as part of results pages presented by search engines has become an expectation of search engine users. In this paper we explore the algorithms and data structures required as part of a search engine to allow efficient generation of query biased snippets. We begin by proposing and analysing a document(More)
An unanswered question in information retrieval research is whether improvements in system performance demonstrated by batch evaluations confer the same benefit for real users. We used the TREC-8 Interactive Track to investigate this question. After identifying a weighting scheme that gave maximum improvement over the baseline, we used it with real users(More)