Probabilistic Retrieval

  • Peter Schäuble
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 397)


The relevance of a document with respect to a query depends on many factors that are very difficult to model in an exact way. Not surprisingly, the probabilistic approach is so far the most successful approach. It is based on the assumption that the distribution of the indexing features will tell us something about the relevance of a document. In this section we introduce a suitable probability space and the corresponding terminology to model IR events (Fuhr 1992b).


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Schäuble
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  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)ZurichSwitzerland

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