Interpreting TF-IDF term weights as making relevance decisions

@article{Wu2008InterpretingTT,
  title={Interpreting TF-IDF term weights as making relevance decisions},
  author={Ho Chung Wu and Robert Wing Pong Luk and Kam-Fai Wong and Kui-Lam Kwok},
  journal={ACM Trans. Inf. Syst.},
  year={2008},
  volume={26},
  pages={13:1-13:37}
}
  • H. Wu, R. Luk, K. Kwok
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Trans. Inf. Syst.
A novel probabilistic retrieval model is presented. [] Key Method Our novel retrieval model is simplified to a basic ranking formula that directly corresponds to the TF-IDF term weights. In general, we show that the term-frequency factor of the ranking formula can be rendered into different term-frequency factors of existing retrieval systems. In the basic ranking formula, the remaining quantity - log p(&rmacr;|t ∈ d) is interpreted as the probability of randomly picking a nonrelevant usage (denoted by…

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