INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
This lecture will introduce the information retrieval problem, introduce the terminology related to IR, and provide a history of IR. In particular, the history of the web and its impact on IR will be discussed. Special attention and emphasis will be given to the concept of relevance in IR and the critical role it has played in the development of the subject. The lecture will end with a conceptual explanation of the IR process, and its relationships with other domains as well as current research developments.
INFORMATION RETRIEVAL MODELS
This lecture will present the models that have been used to rank documents according to their estimated relevance to user given queries, where the most relevant documents are shown ahead to those less relevant. Many of these models form the basis for many of the ranking algorithms used in many of past and today’s search applications. The lecture will describe models of IR such as Boolean retrieval, vector space, probabilistic retrieval, language models, and logical models. Relevance feedback, a technique that either implicitly or explicitly modifies user queries in light of their interaction with retrieval results, will also be discussed, as this is particularly relevant to web search and personalization.