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Natural Language vs. Boolean Query Evaluation: A Comparison of Retrieval Performance

  • Howard Turtle

Abstract

The results of experiments comparing the relative performance of natural language and Boolean query formulations are presented. The experiments show that on average a current generation natural language system provides better retrieval performance than expert searchers using a Boolean retrieval system when searching full-text legal materials. Methodological issues are reviewed and the effect of database size on query formulation strategy is discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard Turtle
    • 1
  1. 1.West Publishing CompanyEaganUSA

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