The Cluster Hypothesis Revisited
Voorhees, Ellen M.
A new means of evaluating the cluster hypothesis is introduced and the results of such an evaluation are presented for four collections. The results of retrieval experiments comparing a sequential search, a cluster-based search, and a search of the clustered collection in which individual documents are scored against the query are also presented. These results indicate that while the absolute performance of a search on a particular collection is dependent on the pairwise similarity of the relevant documents, the relative effectiveness of clustered retrieval versus sequential retrieval is independent of this factor. However, retrieval of entire clusters in response to a query usually results in a poorer performance than retrieval of individual documents from clusters.
computer science; technical report
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