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Measuring the likelihood property of scoring functions in general retrieval models

Bache, Richard ; Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland ; Baillie, Mark ; Glasgow, Scotland ; Crestani, Fabio ; Svizzera

In: Journal of the American society for information science and technology, 2009, vol. 60, no. 6, p. 1294-1297

Although retrieval systems based on probabilistic models will rank the objects (e.g. documents) being retrieved according to the probability of some matching criterion (e.g. relevance) they rarely yield an actual probability and the scoring function is interpreted to be purely ordinal within a given retrieval task. In this paper it is shown that some scoring functions possess the likelihood...