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Efficient Retrieval Documents x terms matrix t 1 t 2... t j... t m nf d 1 w 11 w 12... w 1j... w 1m 1/|d 1 | d 2 w 21 w 22... w 2j... w 2m 1/|d 2 |.............. d i w i1 w i2... w ij... w im 1/|d i |.............. d n w n1 w n2... w nj... w nm 1/|d n | w ij is the weight of the term t j in document d i Most of the w ij ’s are zero.

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Naïve Retrieval Given the query q = (q 1, q 2, …, q j, …, q n ), nf = 1/|q|. How to evaluate q (i.e., compute the similarity between q and each document)? Method 1: Compare q with each document: Data structure for documents: d i : ((t 1, w i1 ), (t 2, w i2 ),..., (t j, w ij ),..., (t m, w im ), 1/|d i |) –Only terms with positive weights are considered. –Terms are in alphabetic order. Data structure for the query: q : ((t 1, q 1 ), (t 2, q 2 ),..., (t j, q j ),..., (t m, q m ), 1/|q|)

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Naïve Retrieval Method 1: Compare q with all the documents (cont.) Algorithm: Initialize all sim(q, d i ) = 0; for each document di (i = 1, …, n) { for each term t j (j = 1, …, m) if t j appears in q and d i sim(q, d i ) += q j w ij ; sim(q, d i ) = sim(q, d i ) (1/|q|) (1/|d i |); } rank the documents in descending order and show the k better ones to the users.

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Indexing Method 1 is not efficient: all zero entries in the documents x terms matrix are accessed. Method 2: Use of a file of inverted indexes; Several data structures: For each term t j, an inverted list with all the documents that contain t is created j. I(t j ) = { (d 1, w 1j ), (d 2, w 2j ), …, (d i, w ij ), …, (d n, w nj ) } d i is the identification of the i-th document; Only non zero entries are considered.

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Indexing Method 2: Use of inverted index file (cont.) Several data structures: Normalization factors of the docs. are pre- computed and stored in a vector: nf[i] stores 1/|d i |. A hash table for all the terms in the collection is created:...... t j points to I(t j )...... Inverted lists are typically stored in disks; Typically the number of different terms is very high.

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Inverted file creation Dictionary Pointers

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Retrieval with inverted lists Algorithm: Initialize all sim(q, d i ) = 0; for each term t j in q { find I(t) using the hash table; for each (d i, w ij ) in I(t) sim(q, d i ) += q j w ij ; } for each document di sim(q, d i ) = sim(q, d i ) (1/|q|) nf[i]; rank the documents in descending order and show the better k to the user.

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Retrieval with inverted lists Observations about method 2: If a document d does not contain any term of the query q, so d is not involved in the evaluation of q; Only non-zero entries of the matrix documents x terms are employed for query evaluation; The computation of similarities of several documents are made simultaneously.

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Example (Method 2): q = { (t1, 1), (t3, 1) }, 1/|q| = 0.7071 d1 = { (t1, 2), (t2, 1), (t3, 1) }, nf[1] = 0.4082 d2 = { (t2, 2), (t3, 1), (t4, 1) }, nf[2] = 0.4082 d3 = { (t1, 1), (t3, 1), (t4, 1) }, nf[3] = 0.5774 d4 = { (t1, 2), (t2, 1), (t3, 2), (t4, 2) }, nf[4] = 0.2774 d5 = { (t2, 2), (t4, 1), (t5, 2) }, nf[5] = 0.3333 I(t1) = { (d1, 2), (d3, 1), (d4, 2) } I(t2) = { (d1, 1), (d2, 2), (d4, 1), (d5, 2) } I(t3) = { (d1, 1), (d2, 1), (d3, 1), (d4, 2) } I(t4) = { (d2, 1), (d3, 1), (d4, 1), (d5, 1) } I(t5) = { (d5, 2) } Retrieval with inverted lists

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After t1 preprocessing: sim(q, d1) = 2, sim(q, d2) = 0, sim(q, d3) = 1 sim(q, d4) = 2, sim(q, d5) = 0 After t3 preprocessing: sim(q, d1) = 3, sim(q, d2) = 1, sim(q, d3) = 2 sim(q, d4) = 4, sim(q, d5) = 0 After normalization: sim(q, d1) =.87, sim(q, d2) =.29, sim(q, d3) =.82, sim(q, d4) =.78, sim(q, d5) = 0 Retrieval with inverted lists

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Efficiency x flexibility The storage of the weights is good for efficiency but bad for flexibility; –A re-computing is necessary if the formulas tf and idf change Flexibility can be improved storing tf and df information, but efficiency is worst; A compromise exists: –Storing the weights tf; –Use of the weights idf with the weights of the query terms tf instead of the weights of the document terms tf.

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Inverted indexes Is the main structure for the indexes; Main idea: –To invert the documents in a big index file; Basic steps: –To create a “dictionary” with all the tokens in the collection; –For each token, to list all the documents in which the token occur; –To treat the structure to avoid redundancy.

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Inverted indexes An inverted file is composed by vectors in a way that each row corresponds to a list of documents; it corresponds to the transpose of the document matrix.

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Inverted index files creation Documents are analysed for token extraction; these ones are save with doc-ID. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country Doc 1 It was a dark and stormy night in the country manor. The time was past midnight Doc 2

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After the analysis of all the documents, the index file is sorted alphabetically. Inverted index files creation

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Multiple entries of terms for a single document can de merged. Information about term frequencies are compiled. Inverted index files creation

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Then the file can be separated in : a “Dictionary” file; and a “Pointer” file. Inverted index files creation

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Allow a faster access to individual terms; For each term, a list is obtained with: –The identity of the document: doc-ID; –The term frequency in the document; –The position of the term in the document. These lists can be used to answer Boolean queries: country -> d1, d2 manor -> d2 country AND manor -> d2 They can be also employed in ranking algorithms. Inverted index files

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Use of inverted files Dictionary Pointers Query: “time” AND “dark” 2 docs with “time” in the dictionary -> IDs 1 and 2 in the pointer file 1 doc with “dark” in the dictionary -> ID 2 in the pointer file. So, only doc 2. Satisfy the query.

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