Senses in Which Quantum Theory Is an Analogy for Information Retrieval and Science

  • Sachi Arafat
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7052)


Quantum theory (QT) addresses phenomena of the physical world, information retrieval (IR) is concerned with social and psychological phenomena in world of human-created objects. Recent approaches to IR employ the mathematics of QT, but in doing so, inherit notions particular to physical phenomena such as entanglement and superposition; and is lead to wonder about laws of dynamics, and general scientific concepts such as invariance. QTIR contends that their use of QT is analogical. In what senses is this the case? This paper explores the senses of this analogy and the way IR is (thereby) ‘inspired’ by QT.


Quantum Theory Information Retrieval Creative Employment Augmented Reality Application Search Session 
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  • Sachi Arafat
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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