A Survey of Quantum Theory Inspired Approaches to Information Retrieval

Uprety, Sagar; Gkoumas, Dimitrios and Song, Dawei (2020). A Survey of Quantum Theory Inspired Approaches to Information Retrieval. ACM Computing Surveys (In press).

Abstract

Since 2004, researchers have been using the mathematical framework of Quantum Theory (QT) in Information Retrieval (IR). QT offers a generalized probability and logic framework. Such a framework has been shown capable of unifying the representation, ranking and user cognitive aspects of IR, and helpful in developing more dynamic, adaptive and context-aware IR systems. Although Quantum-inspired IR is still a growing area, a wide array of work in different aspects of IR has been done and produced promising results. This paper presents a survey of the research done in this area, aiming to show the landscape of the field and draw a road-map of future directions.

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