Axiomatic Thinking for Information Retrieval


Recently, axiomatic thinking has been adopted for the development of both retrieval models and evaluation metrics with great promise. The general idea of axiomatic thinking is to seek a set of desirable properties expressed mathematically as formal constraints to guide the search for an optimal solution; the explicit expression of desirable properties makes it possible to analytically address issues that would otherwise appear to be purely empirical, provide theoretical guidance on how we might be able to optimize a retrieval model or evaluation metric, and apply any identified constraints directly in many practical applications. The purpose of this page is to provide a comprehensive list for all the resources related to this direction.




Retrieval Constraints for IR models

Evaluation Metric Axiomatics

Similarity Axiomatics

References related to IR models

References related to evaluation

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