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Modern Information Retrieval
Ricardo Baeza-Yates
Depto. de Ciencias de la Computación
Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile

Berthier Ribeiro-Neto
Depto. de Ciencia da Computação
Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brasil

With the collaboration of E. Bertino, E. Brown, B. Catania, C. Faloutsos, E. Ferrari, E. Fox, M. Hearst, G. Navarro, E. Rasmussen, O. Sornil and N. Ziviani.

Locations (mirrors): Brazil - Chile - Italy - Spain - USA


Information retrieval (IR) has changed considerably in the last years with the expansion of the Web (World Wide Web) and the advent of modern and inexpensive graphical user interfaces and mass storage devices.

As a result, traditional IR textbooks have become quite out-of-date which has led to the introduction of new IR books recently. Nevertheless, we believe that there is still great need of a book that approaches the field in a rigorous and complete way from a computer-science perspective (in opposition to a user-centered perspective).

This book is an effort to partially fulfill this gap and should be useful for a first course on information retrieval as well as for a graduate course on the topic.

These WWW pages are not a digital version of the book, nor the complete contents of it. Here you will find the preface, table of contents, glossary and two chapters available for reading on-line. The printed version can be ordered directly from Addison-Wesley-Longman.

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The book is composed of two portions which complement and balance each other. The core portion includes 9 chapters authored or coauthored by the designers of the book. The second portion, which is fully integrated with the first, is formed by 6 state-of-the-art chapters written by leading researchers in their fields.

A same notation and glossary are employed in all the chapters. Thus, despite the fact that several people contributed to the text, this book is really much more a textbook than an edited collection of chapters written by separate authors. Further, contrary to a collection of chapters, the contents and organization of this book have been carefully designed by the main authors to present a cohesive view of all the important aspects of modern information retrieval.


Full text of Chapters 1 (Introduction) and 10 (User Interfaces and Visualization) are available on-line, as well as a table of contents, exercises and resources for other chapters.

  1. Introduction
  2. Modeling
  3. Retrieval Evaluation
  4. Query Languages (with G. Navarro)
  5. Query Operations
  6. Text and Multimedia Languages and Properties
  7. Text Operations (with N. Ziviani)
  8. Indexing and Searching (with G. Navarro)

  9. Parallel and Distributed IR (by E. Brown)
  10. User Interfaces and Visualization (by M. Hearst)
  11. Multimedia IR: Models and Languages (by E. Bertino, B. Catania and E. Ferrari)
  12. Multimedia IR: Indexing and Searching (by C. Faloutsos)
  13. Searching the Web
  14. Libraries and Bibliographical Systems (by E. Rasmussen)
  15. Digital Libraries (by E. Fox and O. Sornil)

Reference Collection

Preliminary teaching resources (NEW!)


The errata is here. Perfection does not exist!


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© This Web site was designed by Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Carlos Castillo and is still under construction. We thank the comments of Berthier Ribeiro-Neto and Marti Hearst.