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Finding Out About: A Cognitive Perspective on Search Engine Technology and the WWW Hardcover – February 12, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521630283 ISBN-10: 0521630282 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521630282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521630283
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"FOA is a comprehensive resource for teaching a programming-based information retrieval class. The text provides an integrated introduction to many topics in information retrieval with a strong emphasis on mathematical and machine learning models, as well as giving a clear account of implementation details for the programming assignments." Information Retrieval

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New technologies for the Internet have radically altered the way we capture cultural knowledge in electronic artifacts, as well as the ways we can communicate it to one another. This text is focused on a key aspect of this information explosion, "finding out about": identifying "documents", which might be Email messages, Web pages, even images or video, that help an individual to learn more about a topic of interest. Helping each student to construct their own "search engine" (using code provided) and evaluate its effectiveness is a key feature of the text.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pad_dad on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a wonderful book about Search Engines. If you like history, math, computer science, and how we can make computers communicate effectively with people, then this book is a great read. With current Search Engines, we enter some words and get back a bibliography. I look forward to a sequel: "Answer Engines: How You Can Enter a Short, Simple Question and Get Back a Short, Simple Answer (NOT a list of things to read)!"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wonder if I was reading the same book as a couple of the reviewers!
IMHO there are (too) many books in this field that deal with how search engines work, but the more 'slippery' concepts associated with how people actually use them to find about information have received much less attention.
The book provides a very welcome cognitive science perspective on a discipline often dominated by those who seek overly simple mechanistic formulas and 'answers' to very tricky 'questions'.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2003
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Bunch of blocks and citations from other authors with absolutely no explanations. It doesnt look like author understands anything that he borrowed from others to compose this book or dare to give one calculation example or derive a formula. Horrible, horrible book for a novice.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book, aside from being horribly written, full of awful grammar and confused writing, everything being derivative, etc. (see the next review), suffers from over-stylization. The author seems to have just discovered the bold, italic and underline buttons of his word processor and does not hesitate to use them, along with quotation marks, all caps and margin notes, almost interchangeably. This makes the book very hard to read because your eyes are going from one... styled word or phrase to another.
Please, don't buy this book or use it for your course.
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9 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. Luessmann on April 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Though I have not Taken Dr. Belew's class, I know he is a consumate professional in his field. His Ideas are new and revolutionary. There are a lot of concepts in the book that I am still trying to grasp, but Belew really does a good job of explaining new concepts in a comprehensive way. He is really an asset to the Computer Science community.
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