Finding Out About: A Cognitive Perspective on Search Engine Technology and the WWW / Edition 1

Finding Out About: A Cognitive Perspective on Search Engine Technology and the WWW / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0521630282
ISBN-13:
9780521630283
Pub. Date:
02/28/2001
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Finding Out About: A Cognitive Perspective on Search Engine Technology and the WWW / Edition 1

The World Wide Web is rapidly filling with more text than anyone could have imagined a short time ago. However, the task of determining which data is relevant has become appreciably harder. In this original new work Richard Belew brings a cognitive science perspective to the study of information as a computer science discipline. He introduces the idea of Finding Out About (FOA), the process of actively seeking out information relevant to a topic of interest. Belew describes all facets of FOA, ranging from creating a good characterization of what the user seeks to evaluating the successful performance of search engines. His volume clearly shows how to build many of the tools that are useful for searching collections of text and other media. While computer scientists make up the book's primary audience, Belew skillfully presents technical details in a manner that makes important themes accessible to readers more comfortable with words than equations. A CD-ROM is included with the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521630283
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Overview; 2. Extracting lexical features; 3. Weighting and matching against indices; 4. Assessing the retrieval; 5. Mathematical foundations; 6. Inference beyond the index; 7. Adaptive information retrieval; 8. Conclusions and future directions.

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