Retrieval Effectiveness of Proper Name Search Methods

  • Citation-Key:
    Pfeifer/etal:96
  • Title:
    Retrieval Effectiveness of Proper Name Search Methods
  • Author(s):
    U. Pfeifer
    T. Poersch
    N Fuhr
  • Journal:
    Information Processing and Management
  • Volume:
    32
  • Number:
    6
  • Page(s):
    667--679
  • Year:
    1996

Abstract:


Searching for names -- e.g., author names or company names -- is still an open problem. In this paper we review known similarity measures. These measures deal with phonetic similarity, typing errors and plain string similarity. We show experimentally that all three approaches lead to significantly higher retrieval quality than plain identity. Further improvements are possible by combining different methods; for this case, we develop a probabilistic interpretation of string similarity which leads to better results than an ad-hoc approach.
Keywords:
phonetic search, vague predicates, n-grams search

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