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dc.contributor.advisor Leake, David B. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Gasser, Michael en_US Scherle, Ryan en_US 2010-06-01T21:59:27Z 2010-10-19T17:51:35Z 2010-06-01T21:59:27Z 2006 en_US
dc.description Thesis (PhD) - Indiana University, Computer Sciences, 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Internet contains billions of documents and thousands of systems for searching over these documents. Searching for a useful document can be as difficult as the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack. Each search engine provides access to a different collection of documents. Collections may be large or small, focused or comprehensive. Focused collections may be centered on any possible topic, and comprehensive collections typically have particular topical areas with higher concentrations of documents. Some of these collections overlap, but many documents are available from only a single collection. To find the most needles, one must first select the best haystacks. This dissertation develops a framework for automatic selection of search engines. In this framework, the collection underlying each search engine is examined to determine how properties such as central topic, size, and degree of focus affect retrieval performance. When measured with appropriate techniques, these properties may be used to predict performance. A new distributed retrieval algorithm that takes advantage of this knowledge is presented and compared to existing retrieval algorithms. en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en_US
dc.subject distributed information retrieval en_US
dc.subject collection selection en_US
dc.subject search engine en_US
dc.subject metasearch en_US
dc.subject database selection en_US
dc.subject information retrieval en_US
dc.subject.classification Computer Science (0984) en_US
dc.subject.classification Information Science (0723) en_US
dc.title Looking for a Haystack: Selecting Data Sources in a Distributed Retrieval System en_US
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en_US

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