Understanding Search Engines: Mathematical Modeling and Text Retrieval (Software, Environments, and Tools Series)

Understanding Search Engines: Mathematical Modeling and Text Retrieval (Software, Environments, and Tools Series)

by Michael W. Berry, Murray Browne, Murray Browne
     
 
The second edition of Understanding Search Engines: Mathematical Modeling and Text Retrieval follows the basic premise of the first edition by discussing many of the key design issues for building search engines and emphasizing the important role that applied mathematics can play in improving information retrieval. The authors discuss important data structures,

Overview

The second edition of Understanding Search Engines: Mathematical Modeling and Text Retrieval follows the basic premise of the first edition by discussing many of the key design issues for building search engines and emphasizing the important role that applied mathematics can play in improving information retrieval. The authors discuss important data structures, algorithms, and software as well as user-centered issues such as interfaces, manual indexing, and document preparation. Significant changes bring the text up to date on current information retrieval methods: for example the addition of a new chapter on link-structure algorithms used in search engines such as Google. The chapter on user interface has been rewritten to specifically focus on search engine usability. In addition the authors have added new recommendations for further reading and expanded the bibliography, and have updated and streamlined the index to make it more reader friendly.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'There is no other information retrieval/search book where the heart is the mathematical foundations. This book is greatly needed to further establish information retrieval as a serious academic, as well as practical and industrial, area.' Jaime Carbonell, Carnegie Mellon University

'Berry and Browne describe most of what you need to know to design your own search engine. Their strength is the description of the solid mathematical underpinnings at a level that is understandable to competent engineering undergraduates, perhaps with a bit of instructor guidance. They discuss the algorithms used by most commercial search engines, so you may find your use of Google and its kind becomes more effective, too.' George Corliss, Marquette University.

'This book gives a valuable, generally non-technical, insight into how search engines work, how to improve the users' success in Information Retrieval (IR), and an in-depth analysis of a mathematical algorithm for improving a search engine's performance. …Written in an informal style, the book is easy to read and is a good introduction on how search engines operate…' Christopher Dean, Mathematics Today

'Anyone interested in building their own search engine, or looking for a compact and readable introduction to the field of modern information retrieval will find this book to be an excellent first introduction.' Tony Donaldson, MAA Reviews

Christopher Dean
"This book gives a valuable, generally non-technical, insight into how search engines work, how to improve the users' success in Information Retrieval (IR), and an in-depth analysis of a mathematical algorithm for improving a search engine's performance. ...Written in an informal style, the book is easy to read and is a good introduction on how search engines operate..."
Mathematics Today, October 1999
Booknews
Berry and Browne (computer science, U. of Tennessee) discuss key design issues in information retrieval about which their computer science peers and mathematicians may be clueless, yet have much to offer. Details of computational methods for automated indexing are relegated to sidebars, so as not to intimidate those who have not ventured beyond introductory level calculus and algebra. Annotates suggested further readings in addition to the bibliography. SIAM is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898715811
Publisher:
SIAM
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Software, Environments, and Tools Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
117
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.30(d)

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