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Web Retrieval

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Summer Term 2011

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

(Samuel Johnson)


Information Retrieval (IR) is dealing with the storage, representation and management of information items. In a classical setting the information items correspond to text documents. With the advent of the World Wide Web, the methods of IR have been transferred to retrieval on the web. This poses different challenges and has spawned the area of Web Retrieval.

The lecture will give an introduction in established retrieval models for text based documents, models that exploit the graph structure of the WWW, the topic of evaluating the performance of retrieval systems and related tasks like classification and clustering of web documents.  


Lecturer: Dr. Thomas Gottron

The lecture is given in English and corresponds to 2h/week.

Registration via KLIPS

Dates and Time Schedule

The lecture is part of the Web Science Track of the summer academy 2011. The foreseen dates for the lectures are:

Date Time Room
Wed, June 29 12:00 – 14:00 A-308
Thu, June 30 12:00 – 14:00 A-308
  16:00 – 18:00 SAT
Fri, July 1 16:00 – 18:00 K-208
Tue, July 12 10:00 – 12:00 SAT
Thu, July 14   08:00 – 10:00 SAT
  10:00 – 12:00 SAT
Fri, July 15 08:00 – 10:00 SAT
  10:00 – 12:00 SAT
Tue, July  19 10:00 – 12:00 SAT
Wed, July 20 16:00 – 18:00 K-208
Thu, July 21 16:00 – 18:00 A-308



The exam will be held either oraly or as a written exam, depending on the number of participants.

The exam will take place on Friday, July 22 at 10:00

Recommended Reading

C. Manning, P. Raghavan, H. Schütze. Introduction to Information Retrieval. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Online version available

R. Baeza-Yates, B. Ribeiro-Neto. Modern Information Retrieval. Addison-Wesley, 1999. (A second, updated edition of the book should also be available by now)

C.J. van Rijsbergen. Information Retrieval. Buttersworth, 1979. Online version available