An analysis of ranking principles and retrieval strategies

Guido Zuccon, Leif Azzopardi, C. J. Keith Van Rijsbergen

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The assumptions underlying the Probability Ranking Principle (PRP) have led to a number of alternative approaches that cater or compensate for the PRP's limitations. All alternatives deviate from the PRP by incorporating dependencies. This results in a re-ranking that promotes or demotes documents depending upon their relationship with the documents that have been already ranked. In this paper, we compare and contrast the behaviour of state-of-the-art ranking strategies and principles. To do so, we tease out analytical relationships between the ranking approaches and we investigate the document kinematics to visualise the effects of the different approaches on document ranking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICTIR'11 Proceedings of the Third international conference on Advances in information retrieval theory
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-23317-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • probability ranking principle
  • retrieval strategies
  • search behaviour


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