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Techniques for Efficient Query Expansion

B. Billerbeck and J. Zobel


Query expansion is a well-known method for improving average effectiveness in information retrieval. However, the most effective query expansion methods rely on costly retrieval and processing of feedback documents. We explore alternative methods for reducing query-evaluation costs, and propose a new method based on keeping a brief summary of each document in memory. This method allows query expansion to proceed three times faster than previously, while approximating the effectiveness of standard expansion.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProc. String Processing and Information Retrieval Symposium
AddressPadova, Italy
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