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Chapter Thirteen

The Future of Web Information Retrieval

Web search is a young research field with great room for growth. In this chapter, we survey possible directions for future research, pausing along the way for some storytelling.

13.1 SPAM

ASIDE: The Ghosts of Search

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Sammy the Spammer had been pecking away at his computer continuously for over 27 hours. Sammy was used to the sustained bursts of work—he’d been hacking, coding, programming, and spamming since he could type at the age of four. He came from a proud line of spammers. His older ...

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