A simple way of improving traditional IR methods by structuring queries

Authors Markus Mittendorfer
Werner Winiwarter
Title A simple way of improving traditional IR methods by structuring queries
Booktitle Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE-SMC 2001)
Type in proceedings
Address Tucson, AZ, USA
Month October
Year 2001
Pages 951-953
SCCH ID# 158
Abstract

The traditional vector space model of IR treats a query as a structureless whole, a "bag of words", thus failing to capture many finer points. We propose an algorithm that breaks a query up into smaller units, does retrieval on these, and then combines the results, thereby respecting some of the query structure. Experimental results for a standard test collection are given and discussed.