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Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice
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  • Title: Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice
  • Author(s) W. Bruce Croft, Donald Metzler, Trevor Strohman
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1st edition (February 16, 2009); eBook (2015 Update)
  • Permission: "This version of the book is being made available for free download. It has been edited to correct the minor errors noted in the 5 years since the book’s publication. The authors, meanwhile, are working on a second edition."
  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • eBook: PDF (542 pages)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136072240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136072249
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Book Description

This book is ideal for introductory information retrieval courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in computer science, information science and computer engineering departments. It is also a valuable tool for search engine and information retrieval professionals.

Written by a leader in the field of information retrieval, it is designed to give undergraduate students the understanding and tools they need to evaluate, compare and modify search engines. Coverage of the underlying IR and mathematical models reinforce key concepts.

The book's numerous programming exercises make extensive use of Galago, a Java-based open source search engine.

About the Authors
  • W. Bruce Croft is a distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose work focuses on information retrieval.
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