How Effective is Stemming and Decompounding for German Text Retrieval?

@article{Braschler2004HowEI,
  title={How Effective is Stemming and Decompounding for German Text Retrieval?},
  author={Martin Braschler and B{\"a}rbel Ripplinger},
  journal={Information Retrieval},
  year={2004},
  volume={7},
  pages={291-316}
}
Information retrieval systems operating on free text face difficulties when word forms used in the query and documents do not match. The usual solution is the use of a “stemming component” that reduces related word forms to a common stem. Extensive studies of such components exist for English, but considerably less is known for other languages. Previously, it has been claimed that stemming is essential for highly declensional languages. We report on our experiments on stemming for German, where… CONTINUE READING
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