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Chapter One

Introduction to Web Search Engines

1.1 A SHORT HISTORY OF INFORMATION RETRIEVAL

Today we have museums for everything—the museum of baseball, of baseball players, of crazed fans of baseball players, museums for world wars, national battles, legal fights, and family feuds. While there’s no shortage of museums, we have yet to find a museum dedicated to this book’s field, a museum of information retrieval and its history. Of course, there are related museums, such as the Library Museum in Boras, Sweden, but none concentrating on information retrieval. Information retrieval1 is the process of searching within a document collection for a ...

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