A study of probability kinematics in information retrieval

F. Crestani, C. J. van Rijsbergen
1998 ACM Transactions on Information Systems  
We analyze the kinematics of probabilistic term weights at retrieval time for different Information Retrieval models. We present four models based on different notions of probabilistic retrieval. Two of these models are based on classical probability theory and can be considered as prototypes of models long in use in Information Retrieval, like the Vector Space Model and the Probabilistic Model. The two other models are based on a logical technique of evaluating the probability of a conditional
more » ... called imaging; one is a generalization of the other. We analyze the transfer of probabilities occurring in the term space at retrieval time for these four models, compare their retrieval performance using classical test collections, and discuss the results. We believe that our results provide useful suggestions on how to improve existing probabilistic models of Information Retrieval by taking into consideration term-term similarity.
doi:10.1145/290159.290161 fatcat:o3lmou2fobd7lcsazvwuopqbu4