Encyclopedia of Database Systems

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

Time and Information Retrieval

  • Omar AlonsoEmail author
  • Michael Gertz
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_929


Temporal information retrieval


Traditional information retrieval (IR) is concerned with models, algorithms, and architectures for the retrieval and ranking of documents from a document collection based on their relevance to search queries. In temporal information retrieval, expressions (words or phrases) that relate to instants in time, events, time periods, or other temporal descriptions are extracted from documents and handled in a special way to rank (and optionally group) the documents returned for a search query. Thus, in temporal information retrieval, temporal expressions extracted from documents play a special role in the overall relevance and in the organization and exploration of search results along timelines.

Historical Background

Research on temporal annotations has gained a lot of attention lately, and it is covered in great depth in the book edited by Mani et al. [6]. The work also includes discussions about tense and structural analysis and temporal...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microsoft Silicon ValleyMountain ViewUSA
  2. 2.Heidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany