Journal of Computer Science and Technology

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 280–286 | Cite as

A new indexing method based on word proximity for Chinese text retrieval

  • Du Lin 
  • Sun Yufang 


This paper proposed a novel text representation and matching scheme for Chinese text retrieval. At present, the indexing methods of Chinese retrieval systems are either character-based or word-based. The character-based indexing methods, such as bi-gram or tri-gram indexing, have high false drops due to the mismatches between queries and documents. On the other hand, it’s difficult to efficiently identify all the proper nouns, terminology of different domains, and phrases in the word-based indexing systems. The new indexing method uses both proximity and mutual information of the word pairs to represent the text coutent so as to overcome the high false drop, new word and phrase problems that exist in the character-based and word-based systems. The evaluation results indicate that the average query precision of proximity-based indexing is 5.2% higher than the best results of TREC-5.


information retrieval vector space model automatic indexing proximity-based indexing 


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© Science Press, Beijing China and Allerton Press Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Du Lin 
    • 1
  • Sun Yufang 
    • 1
  1. 1.Open System & Chinese Information Processing Center, Institute of SoftwareChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP.R. China

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