A Quantum-Based Model for Interactive Information Retrieval

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A Quantum-Based Model for Interactive Information Retrieval
Abstract Even the best information retrieval model cannot always identify the most useful answers to a user query. This is in particular the case with web search systems, where it is known that users tend to minimise their effort to access relevant information. It is, however, believed that the interaction between users and a retrieval system, such as a web search engine, can be exploited to provide better answers to users. Interactive Information Retrieval (IR) systems, in which users access information through a series of interactions with the search system, are concerned with building models for IR, where interaction plays a central role. In this paper, we propose a general framework for interactive IR that is able to capture the full interaction process in a principled way. Our approach relies upon a generalisation of the probability framework of quantum physics.
Benjamin Piwowarski, Mounia Lalmas
Added 26 May 2010
Updated 26 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Benjamin Piwowarski, Mounia Lalmas
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