XML-structured documents: Retrievable units and inheritance

Robertson, S. E., Lu, W. & MacFarlane, A. (2006). XML-structured documents: Retrievable units and inheritance. In: H. L. Larsen, G. Pasi, D. Ortiz-Arroyo, T. Andreasen & H. Christiansen (Eds.), Flexible Query Answering Systems. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4027. (pp. 121-132). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

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We consider the retrieval of XML-structured documents, and of passages from such documents, defined as elements of the XML structure. These are considered from the point of view of passage retrieval, as a form of document retrieval. A retrievable unit (an element chosen as defining suitable passages for retrieval) is a textual document in its own right, but may inherit information from the other parts of the same document. Again, this inheritance is defined in terms of the XML structure. All retrievable units are mapped onto a common field structure, and the ranking function is a standard document retrieval function with a suitable field weighting. A small experiment to demonstrate the idea, using INEX data, is described.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11766254_11
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: School of Informatics > Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/5303

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