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Introduction to Information Retrieval

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Class-tested and coherent, this groundbreaking new textbook teaches web-era information retrieval, including web search and the related areas of text classification and text clustering from basic concepts. Written from a computer science perspective by three leading experts in the field, it gives an up-to-date treatment of all aspects of the design and implementation of sy ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This is a very useful book, available for free online. It introduces the major concepts of IR in a clear way. At the end of most chapters is an optional discussion of advanced topics. I wish the book went a little bit into examples of programming, but that's for someone else to take on, I guess.

Librarians should be forced to read at least parts of this book in school, to better understand why Google is eating our lunch.
Alex Ott
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book that provides introduction information retrieval + related topics, such as, elements of machine learning, etc. There is good balance between theoretical foundations & simplicity, but it doesn't as simple as other "popular" books, such as "Programming Collective Intelligence", etc.
You can also find "pre-release" version of the book in the form of PDF (see links in other reviews)...
Moreshwar Datye
Good intro;
Nick Black
Feb 16, 2009 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Nick by: Greg Linden
A strong review from plus the free pdf (hurrah!) at equals an excited dankling, especially as I'm pretty weak overall on search (we leave the n-dimensional SVM's -- and machine learning in general -- to our scientists, whereas my job is to take their data and operator schemata and set it to soaking every last cycle and flooding every last bus), but it's becoming pretty much a canonical element of the "advanced impl ...more
Maria Mateva
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Christopher Manning is a rock star in both the NLP and information retrieval fields.

I used this book as a guide and source for the course in IR in Sofia University.
It is well-written, gradual and observes most aspects of IR, with some machine learning, computational linguistics and algorithmic flavours. I recommend it to anyone interested in the field.
Joe Malicki
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cs
Amazing book. An information retrieval book written by computer scientists/engineers rather than librarians. That shouldn't be something worth getting excited about, but unfortunately all of the other good people apparently just went to work for Google instead of writing good textbooks.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Scanned through quickly. A bit disappointed since I don't feel like learning much new things. Most important concepts are either in the lines of Data management or data mining techniques. Maybe I've missed the main part.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the book overall. I loved the algorithmic optimizations and the attention paid to hardware during algorithm design. I didn't like the number of tricks/hacks in the "intelligence" part in the field of information retrieval.
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
good introduction for everyone who plans to work in IR field
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ai
Хорошая книга. Непонятно только, куда это теперь все применять.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent read on IR for beginners'
Alon Gutman
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good introduction to search and also good contains good introduction to Machine learning.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is more like a practical hands-on on all aspects of modern IR. Fantastic read!
Richa Sharma
awesome book,explains the detail of how information is being retrieved is great. Very helpful and explanatory content.
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Good broad-based overview of information retrieval concepts
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