The use of genetic programming to build Boolean queries for text retrieval through relevance feedback

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  author =       "Martin P. Smith and Martin Smith",
  title =        "The use of genetic programming to build {Boolean}
                 queries for text retrieval through relevance feedback",
  journal =      "Journal of Information Science",
  year =         "1997",
  volume =       "23",
  number =       "6",
  pages =        "423--431",
  keywords =     "genetic algorithms, genetic programming",
  language =     "en",
  oai =          "oai:CiteSeerX.psu:",
  URL =          "",
  URL =          "",
  DOI =          "doi:10.1177/016555159702300603",
  size =         "9 pages",
  abstract =     "We report here on preliminary work on the use of
                 evolutionary computing techniques which aims to improve
                 Boolean information retrieval system performance
                 through relevance feedback. There are many evolutionary
                 techniques in computing, such as neural networks and
                 genetic algorithms. One specific form of genetic
                 algorithm technique has been used in our study: that of
                 genetic programming. Terms from relevant documents are
                 used to randomly create Boolean queries. Boolean
                 queries are thought of as genetic programming organisms
                 and, as such, are used for breeding to produce new
                 organisms. Organisms which perform well, in terms of
                 how good they are at retrieval, are given a better
                 chance of being selected for breeding, with the result
                 being that the overall fitness of the organisms improve
                 to some extent. The aim is to develop the best Boolean
                 query for an information need, given a small corpus of
                 test documents, and then to use that query on the full
                 collection to retrieve yet more relevant documents.",
  notes =        "Martin P. Smith National Institute of Standards and
                 Technology, Maryland, USA

                 Martin Smith The University of Huddersfield, UK,

                 c Chartered Institute of Library and Information

                 Also known as

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