Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Ferragina P., Venturini R. Web search. Giorgio Ausiello, Rossella Petreschi (eds.). Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
Faced with the massive amount of information on the Web, which includes not only texts but nowadays any kind of file (audio, video, images, etc.), Web users tend to lose their way when browsing the Web, falling into what psychologists call “getting lost in hyperspace”. Search engines alleviate this by presenting the most relevant pages that better match the user’s information needs. Collecting a large part of the pages in the Web, extrapolating a user information need expressed by means of often ambiguous queries, establishing the importance of Web pages and their relevance for a query, are just a few examples of the difficult problems that search engines address every day to achieve their ambitious goal. In this chapter, we introduce the concepts and the algorithms that lie at the core of modern search engines by providing running examples that simplify understanding, and we comment on some recent and powerful tools and functionalities that should increase the ability of users to match in the Web their information needs.
URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-39652-6_5
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-39652-6_5
Subject Web search

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