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Improving the Efficiency of Search Engines

Improving the Efficiency of Search Engines: Strategies for Focused Crawling, Searching, and Index Pruning

Search engines are the primary means of retrieval for text data that is abundantly available on the Web. A standard search engine should carry out three fundamental tasks, namely; crawling the Web, indexing the crawled content, and finally processing the queries using the index. Devising efficient methods for these tasks is an important research topic. In this thesis, we introduce efficient strategies related to all three tasks involved in a search engine. Most of the proposed strategies are essentially applicable when a grouping of documents in its broadest sense (i.e., in terms of automatically obtained classes/clusters, or manually edited categories) is readily available or can be constructed in a feasible manner. Additionally, we also introduce static index pruning strategies that are based on the query views...

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