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Introduction to Information Retrieval and Quantum Mechanics

Introduction to Information Retrieval and Quantum Mechanics by Massimo Melucci
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This book introduces the quantum mechanical framework to information retrieval scientists seeking a new perspective on foundational problems. As such, it concentrates on the main notions of the quantum mechanical framework and describes an innovative range of concepts and tools for modeling information representation and retrieval processes.

The book is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1 illustrates the main modeling concepts for information retrieval (including Boolean logic, vector spaces, probabilistic models, and machine-learning based approaches), which will be examined further in subsequent chapters. Next, chapter 2 briefly explains the main concepts of the quantum mechanical framework, focusing on approaches linked to information retrieval such as interference, superposition and entanglement. Chapter 3 then reviews the research conducted at the intersection between information retrieval and the quantum mechanical framework. The chapter is subdivided into a number of topics, and each description ends with a section suggesting the most important reference resources. Lastly, chapter 4 offers suggestions for future research, briefly outlining the most essential and promising research directions to fully leverage the quantum mechanical framework for effective and efficient information retrieval systems.  

This book is especially intended for researchers working in information retrieval, database systems and machine learning who want to acquire a clear picture ofthe potential offered by the quantum mechanical framework in their own researcharea. Above all, the book offers clear guidance on whether, why and when toeffectively use the mathematical formalism and the concepts of the quantummechanical framework to address various foundational issues in information retrieval.

Springer Berlin Heidelberg; December 2015
247 pages; ISBN 9783662483138
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Title: Introduction to Information Retrieval and Quantum Mechanics
Author: Massimo Melucci
 
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