Was the Information Retrieval Successful?

Of course, the success of a search depends on the intention behind the search query. If the search results are closely related to the topic, few but relevant results might be enough. At other times it’s necessary to find “all there is”, even if some of the results are not related to the topic.

In most cases, the relevance and the number of results are in negative correlation with each other. A suitable correlation of these two aspects is sought with certain modifications to the search query.

The search may be modified by:

  • adjusting the number of concepts in the query
  • choosing different search terms to describe the concepts
  • focusing the search on different fields
  • choosing whether to use truncation
  • limiting the search

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The results of a previous search may help in improving the search query