Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Relevance Feedback for Content-Based Information Retrieval

  • Xin-Jing WangEmail author
  • Lei Zhang
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_308


Relevance feedback (RF) [2, 5] is an on-line approach which tries to learn the user’s intentions on the fly. It leverages users to guide the computers to search for relevant documents. An RF mechanism has two components: a learner and a selector. At every feedback round, the user marks (part of) the images returned by the search engine as relevant or irrelevant. The learner exploits this information to re-estimate the target of the user. This information is used both quantitatively (retrieving more documents like the relevant documents) and qualitatively (retrieving documents similar to the relevant ones before other documents). With the current estimation of the target, the selector chooses other images that are displayed by the interface of the search engine; then the user is asked to provide feedback on these images during the next round. The process of RF is usually presented as a cycle of activity: an IR system presents a user with a set of retrieved documents; the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microsoft Research AsiaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Micros FacebookCAUSA
  3. 3.Microsoft ResearchRedmondUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey Xu Yu
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina