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LIS618 lecture 3 Thomas Krichel

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Structure Theory: discussion of the Boolean model Theory: the vector model Practice: Nexis

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advantages of Boolean model supposedly easy to grasp by the user precise semantics of queries implemented in the majority of commercial systems

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problems of Boolean model sharp distinction between relevant and irrelevant documents no ranking possible users find it difficult to formulate Boolean queries users find it difficult to resolve Boolean documents

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vector model associates weights with each index term appearing in the query and in each database document. relevance can be calculated as the cosine between the two vector, i.e. their cross product divided be the square roots of the squares of each vector. This measure varies between 0 and 1.

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tf/idf stands for term frequency / inverse document frequency This refers to a technique that gives term a high rank in a document if –the term appears frequently in a document –the term does not appear frequently in other documents We will look at each component one at time.

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absolute & maximum term frequency Let F_t_d be the number of times term t appears in the document d. This is its absolute term frequency in the document. Let m_d be the maximum absolute term frequency achieved by any term in document d. Examples –Document 1: a b a a b c c d m_1 = 3, because "a" appears 3 times –Document 2: a b a f f f e d f a a m_2 = 4, because "a" or "f" appears 4 times

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relative document term frequency The relative term frequency f_t_d, is given by f_t_d = F_t_d / m_d that is the absolute term frequency of term t in document d divided by the maximum absolute term frequency of document d. This completes the "term frequency" part of the tf/idf formula. Let us look at this part through an example.

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main example, part I Consider three documents –1: a b c a f o n l p o f t y x –2: a m o e e e n n n a n p l –3: r a e e f n l i f f f f x l First, look at the maximum frequency achieved by any term in a given document. m_1 = 2("a" and "f" are there twice) m_2 = 4("n" is there four times) m_3 = 5 ("f" is there five times)

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main example part II Now look at some example of absolute term frequency F_a_1 = 2 F_e_2 = 3 F_x_3 = 1 and some examples of relative term frequency f_a_1 = F_a_1 / m_1 = 2 / 2 = 1 f_e_2 = F_e_2 / m_2 = 3 / 4 = 0.75 f_x_3 = F_x_3 / m_3 = 1 / 5 = 0.2

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inverse document frequency Let N be the number of documents in the datebase. N=3 in our example. Let n_t be the number of documents where the term t appears. In our example n_a = 3n_e = 2n_x = 2 N/n_t is an indication of inverse document frequency of a term. It is larger the less a term appears across documents in the database.

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intermezzo: the logarithm The logarithm, written log() is a mathematical function. You should know that –log() is an increasing function, i.e. the bigger is x, the bigger is log(x). –log(1) = 0 –log(x) > 0 if x > 1 Your calculator will tell you what the logarithm of a number is.

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tf/idf formula Term frequency and inverse document frequency have to be combined. The final formula for the weight combines the terms as follows w_t_d = f_t_d * log( N / n_t )

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main example part III N = 3 w_a_1 = 1 * log(3/3) = log(1) = 0! w_e_2 = 0.5 * log(3/2) w_x_3 = 0.2 * log(3/2) where log(3/2) = 0.176, approximately

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practical operation The computer will search the documents for the query term and return the documents where the weight of term in the index for that document is strictly positive, by order of weights, highest to lowest. If there are several query terms the computer will perform a more complicated operation that we will not further study here, so we limit ourselves to the case of one query term.

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practical tests You ask the computer to query the term "a" in our example. What documents are being returned? –Compare with the result of the Boolean model. You ask the computer to query the term "f". What documents are being returned, and in what order?

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advantages of vector model term weighting improves performance sorting is possible easy to compute, therefore fast results are difficult to improve without –query expansion –user feedback circle

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Lexis/Nexis Lexis is a specialized legal research service Nexis is primarily a news services adds an important temporal component to all its contents restricts contents as compared to Dialog potentially bad competition from Google lives at

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compilation of Nexis Uses a number of news sources such as newspapers. Uses company reports databases Uses web sites, the URLs of which are found in the news sources. Some of the material there can be of low value (remember the comments in the first lecture)

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SmartIndexing There is a controlled vocabulary of indexing terms A document is indexed –In full text view (except web sites) –With automatic addition of index terms that correspond to the document. Index terms are added Weight of index terms is calculated nexis.com/infopro/products/index/ has more on it.http://www.lexis- nexis.com/

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Six interfaces to Nexis Quick search Subject directory Power search Personal news Search forms Real time news In the remainder of the lecture I will go through some of these

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Quick search Implicit OR between terms Use quotes to require adjacency of terms You can select from a drop-down box of sources You can set the date range, though unclear what it means It seems to OR a plural to your search term. Sometimes returns documents with none of the search terms. she is the one

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Quick search It is not clear what parts of documents are being searched Apparently it does not search the full text. But it seems to prioritize –TERM, i.e. smart keywords extracted, –HLEAD for news –TITLE for legal documents –WEB-SEARCH-TEXT for web pages

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relevance ranking concerns where terms appear within the document how many occurrences of the terms appear in the document how often those search terms appear throughout the document apparently not how much they occur, example search for "the" or "the the" seems that they guard algorithm a secret

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Subject directory you can follow the subject tree but there seems to be only a tiny amount of documents categories are not particularly deep or developed there is a "more like this" feature of limited use, Thomas finds

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Power search You can first create a customized set of sources to search Do this at the start, you browse a menu, then click done, search now This is a lot more efficient than trying to build a search strategy on a large set.

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power search truncation * represents a single character, present or absent –wom*n –labo*r ! truncates to the end of the word –bookk!

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Power search connectors OR AND AND NOT PRE/n, n is a number, ordered proximity W/n, n is a number, unordered proximity W/S words in same sentence W/P words is the some paragraph Use parentheses! There is no implicit or as in the simple search, so forget about the double quotes.

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Power search expressions Parentheses group terms together * for one or no letter ! for any number of letters ATLEAST n, where n is a minimum number of occurrences PLURAL (term) only the plural of term SINGULAR (term) only the singular of term ALLCAPS (term) only capitals of term NOCAPS (term) no capitals of term CAPS (term) capitalized term only

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equivalents Nexis has a number of "equivalents" where, depending on sources, it replaces one with the other. Contrary to their claims they also work in quick search First (second, third, etc.)is 1st (2nd, 3rd, etc.) Monday (All days ex. Sunday) Mon (Tues, Weds, etc.) January (Abbreviations work) Jan (Feb, Mar, etc.) One (all numbers < 20) 1 (2, 3, etc.) and& companyco corporationcorp incorporated inc

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Thank you for your attention!

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