Book search: indexing the valuable parts

Walid Magdy, Kareem Darwish

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Abstract / Description of output

With massive book digitization efforts underway, there is a need for developing effective book retrieval strategies. This paper explores the relative contribution of different parts of digitized and OCR'ed books towards effective retrieval. The examined parts include the entire content of books, book headings, book titles, and table of content entries. Results show that indexing the headers and titles of books is nearly as effective as indexing the entire contents of books. These results indicate that certain portions of the books, specifically titles and headers, are more valuable than other parts of books. This is akin to web search where hypertext and page titles are more valuable to index than the rest of the webpage. Also, using a combination of evidence approach provides further improved retrieval effectiveness compared to using any portion of the book in isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 ACM Workshop on Research Advances in Large Digital Book Repositories, BooksOnline 2008, Napa Valley, California, USA, October 30, 2008
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-249-8
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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