The Perils of Interpreting Recall and Precision Values

  • H. P. Frei
  • S. Meienberg
  • P. Schäuble
Part of the Informatik-Fachberichte book series (INFORMATIK, volume 289)


“The measurement of performance is necessary to evaluate Information Retrieval systems” [Los 91] seems to be a generally accepted opinion in the Information Retrieval (IR) community. An important factor of whether a user is able to benefit from using an IR system is the effectiveness of the retrieval method implemented in the system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. P. Frei
    • 1
  • S. Meienberg
    • 1
  • P. Schäuble
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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