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Hardcover | Out of Print | 632 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 127 b&w illus. | July 2010 | ISBN: 9780262026512
Paperback | $42.00 Short | £31.95 | 632 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 127 b&w illus. | February 2016 | ISBN: 9780262528870
eBook | $42.00 Short | July 2010 | ISBN: 9780262289955

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Information Retrieval

Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines

Overview

Information retrieval is the foundation for modern search engines. This textbook offers an introduction to the core topics underlying modern search technologies, including algorithms, data structures, indexing, retrieval, and evaluation. The emphasis is on implementation and experimentation; each chapter includes exercises and suggestions for student projects. Wumpus—a multiuser open-source information retrieval system developed by one of the authors and available online—provides model implementations and a basis for student work. The modular structure of the book allows instructors to use it in a variety of graduate-level courses, including courses taught from a database systems perspective, traditional information retrieval courses with a focus on IR theory, and courses covering the basics of Web retrieval. In addition to its classroom use, Information Retrieval will be a valuable reference for professionals in computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering.

About the Authors

Stefan Büttcher is a Software Engineer at Google.

Charles L. A. Clarke is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo’s David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Gordon V. Cormack is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo’s David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Reviews

“This book is a fine addition to the growing literature on information retrieval (IR).”—Donald H. Kraft, Computing Reviews

Endorsements

“An academic dynasty has come together to write an excellent textbook on information retrieval. Stefan Büttcher, Charles Clarke, and Gordon Cormack make up three generations of stellar information retrieval researchers with over fifty years of combined experience...This book is a must-read for all search academics and practitioners!”
from the foreward by Amit Singhal

Awards

Honorable Mention, 2010 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in the Computing and Information Sciences category