Edward A. Fox

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The TREC-3 project at Virginia Tech focused on methods for combining the evidence from multiple retrieval runs and queries to improve retrieval performance over any single retrieval method or query. The largest improvements result from the combination of retrieval paradigms rather than from the use of multiple similar queries.
Gerard Salton has worked on a number of non-numeric computer applications including automatic information retrieval. He has published a large number of articles and several books on information retrieval, most recently, "Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval," 1983. Edward Fox is currently assistant professor of computer science at VPI. Harry Wu is(More)
World-Wide Web proxy servers that cache documents can potentially reduce three quantities: the number of requests that reach popular servers, the volume of network traffic resulting from document requests, and the latency that an end-user experiences in retrieving a document. This paper examines the first two using the measures of cache hit rate and(More)
Automatic metadata generation provides scalability and usability for digital libraries and their collections. Machine learning methods offer robust and adaptable automatic metadata extraction. We describe a Support Vector Machine classification-based method for metadata extraction from header part of research papers and show that it outperforms other(More)
We report on two studies in the TREC-2 program which investigated the effect on retrieval performance of combination of multiple representations of TREC topics. In one of the projects, five separate Boolean queries for each of the 50 TREC routing topics and 25 of the TREC ad hoc topics were generated by 75 experienced online searchers. Using the INQUERY(More)
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a difficult disease to treat. The c-Met receptor is an attractive potential target for novel therapeutic inhibition in human cancers. We provide strong evidence that c-Met is overexpressed, activated, and sometimes mutated in NSCLC cell lines and tumor tissues. Expression of c-Met was found in all (100%) of the NSCLC(More)
Genetic-based evolutionary learning algorithms, such as genetic algorithms (GAs) and genetic programming (GP), have been applied to information retrieval (IR) since the 1980s. Recently, GP has been applied to a new IR task — discovery of ranking functions for web search — and has achieved very promising ∗Corresponding author. Email: wfan@vt.edu. Tel: (540)(More)
Digital libraries (DLs) are complex information systems and therefore demand formal foundations lest development efforts diverge and interoperability suffers. In this article, we propose the fundamental abstractions of Streams, Structures, Spaces, Scenarios, and Societies (5S), which allow us to define digital libraries rigorously and usefully. Streams are(More)
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive cancer, and most patients present with cancer already spread beyond the lung. The receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) c-MET has been implicated in various solid tumors, including SCLC, and is involved in mediating tumorigenesis, cell motility, scattering, invasion and metastasis. Mutations of c-Met have been(More)