An adaptable connectionist text-retrieval system with relevance feedback
Azimi-Sadjadi, Mahmood R.
Srinivasan, S. (Srini)
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This paper introduces a new connectionist network for certain domain-specific text-retrieval and search applications with expert end users. A new model reference adaptive system is proposed that involves three learning phases. Initial model-reference learning is first performed based upon an ensemble set of input–output of an initial reference model. Model-reference following is needed in dynamic environments where documents are added, deleted, or updated. Relevance feedback learning from multiple expert users then optimally maps the original query using either a score-based or a click-through selection process. The learning can be implemented, in regression or classification modes, using a three-layer network. The first layer is an adaptable layer that performs mapping from query domain to document space. The second and third layers perform document-to-term mapping, search/retrieval, and scoring tasks. The learning algorithms are thoroughly tested on a domain-specific text database that encompasses a wide range of Hewlett Packard (HP) products and for a large number of most commonly used single- and multiterm queries.