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Instructor : Dr. Sumanta Guha

Information Retrieval and Data Mining (AT71.07) Comp. Sc. and Inf. Mgmt. Asian Institute of Technology. Instructor : Dr. Sumanta Guha Slide Sources : Introduction to Information Retrieval book slides from Stanford University, adapted and supplemented

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  1. Information Retrieval and Data Mining (AT71.07)Comp. Sc. and Inf. Mgmt.Asian Institute of Technology Instructor: Dr. Sumanta Guha Slide Sources: Introduction to Information Retrieval book slides from Stanford University, adapted and supplemented Chapter 6: Scoring, term weighting, and the vector space model

  2. CS276: Information Retrieval and Web Search Christopher Manning and Prabhakar Raghavan Lecture 6: Scoring, term weighting, and the vector space model

  3. This lecture; IIR Sections 6.2-6.4.3 • Ranked retrieval • Scoring documents • Term frequency • Collection statistics • Weighting schemes • Vector space scoring

  4. Ch. 6 Ranked retrieval • Thus far, our queries have all been Boolean. • Documents either match or don’t. • Good for expert users with precise understanding of their needs and the collection. • Also good for applications: Applications can easily consume 1000s of results. • Not good for the majority of users. • Most users incapable of writing Boolean queries (or they are, but they think it’s too much work). • Most users don’t want to wade through 1000s of results. • This is particularly true of web search.

  5. Ch. 6 Problem with Boolean search:feast or famine • Boolean queries often result in either too few (=0) or too many (1000s) results. • Query 1: “standard user dlink 650” → 200,000 hits • Query 2: “standard user dlink 650 no card found”: 0 hits • It takes a lot of skill to come up with a query that produces a manageable number of hits. • AND gives too few; OR gives too many

  6. Ranked retrieval models • Rather than a set of documents satisfying a query expression, in ranked retrieval models, the system returns an ordering over the (top) documents in the collection with respect to a query • Free text queries: Rather than a query language of operators and expressions, the user’s query is just one or more words in a human language • In principle, there are two separate choices here, but in practice, ranked retrieval models have normally been associated with free text queries and vice versa

  7. Ch. 6 Feast or famine: not a problem in ranked retrieval • When a system produces a ranked result set, large result sets are not an issue • Indeed, the size of the result set is not an issue • We just show the top k ( ≈ 10) results • We don’t overwhelm the user • Premise: the ranking algorithm works

  8. Ch. 6 Scoring as the basis of ranked retrieval • We wish to return in order the documents most likely to be useful to the searcher • How can we rank-order the documents in the collection with respect to a query? • Assign a score – say in [0, 1] – to each document • This score measures how well document and query “match”.

  9. Parametric and zone indexes • Consider query: “find docs authored by Shakespeare in 1601 containing the phrase alas poor Yorick” • Fields can have well-defined set of values, e.g., numeric or character strings of fixed max length. date field author field Parametric search interface to enter parameter values (=field values)

  10. Parametric and zone indexes • Zone are similar to fields, except contents of a zone can be arbitrary free text. E.g., title zone, abstract zone, body zone, … • Indexes for fields and zones can be • Separate (drawback larger dictionary): • Combined (drawback larger postings, but dictionary is not enlarged – preferable to get a compact dictionary, e.g., to fit in main): william.author 11 177 244 255 william.title 11 134 244 255 william.body 4 134 213 255 william 4.body 11.author.title 134.title.body

  11. Weighted zone scoring • Given a Boolean query q and doc d, weighted zone* scoring assigns each pair (q, d) a score between 0 and 1 by computing a linear combination of zone scores. • Suppose docs each have l zones. • Let g1, g2, …, gl be the respective zone weights, s.t., ∑i=1..l gi = 1. • Let s1, s2, …, sl be a Boolean score for the respective zones, being 1/0 according as q occurs/does not occur in the i th zone of doc d. • Then, weighted zone score is ∑i=1..l gisi • E.g., for indexes of previous slide, if zone weights of author, title and body are, resp., g1 = 0.2, g2 = 0.3, g3 = 0.5, then WEIGHTEDZONE(“william”, 11) = 1*0.2 + 1*0.3 + 0*0.5 = 0.5 *Here and in the following, by zone we mean zone and fields.

  12. Weighted zone scoring Algorithm to compute weighted zone score from two postings lists given an AND query. ZONESCORE(q1, q2) // Score for query “q1ANDq2” // Boolean score 1 if both queries present in zone; 0, otherwise 1 float scores[N] = [0] 2 constant g[ℓ] 3 p1 ← postings(q1) 4 p2 ← postings(q2) 5 // scores[] is an array with a score entry for each document, initialized to zero. 6 //p1and p2are initialized to point to the beginning of their respective postings. 7 //Assume g[] is initialized to the respective zone weights. 8 while p1 ≠ NIL AND p2 ≠ NIL 9 do if docID(p1) == docID(p2) 10 then scores[docID(p1)] ←WEIGHTEDZONE(p1, p2, g) 11 p1 ← next(p1) 12 p2 ← next(p2) 13 else if docID(p1) < docID(p2) 14 then p1 ← next(p1) 15 else p2 ← next(p2) 16 return scores ∑i=1..l gisi, where si is 1 if both queries present in zone i; 0, otherwise.

  13. Learning weights (simple machine learning) Assume only two zones title (T) and body (B) with zone weights g and 1 – g, respectively. Example DocID dQuerysT sBJudgment (human expert) r (quantized judgment) φ1 37 linux 1 1 Relevant 1 φ2 37 penguin 0 1 Non-relevant 0 φ3 238 system 0 1 Relevant 1 φ4 238 penguin 0 0 Non-relevant 0 φ5 1741 kernel 1 1 Relevant 1 φ6 2094 driver 0 1 Relevant 1 φ7 3191 driver 1 0 Non-relevant 0 Training examples sT sBScore 0 0 0 0 1 1 – g 1 0 g 1 1 1 Four possible combinations of sTand sBand the corresponding score(d, q) = g * sT(d, q) + (1 – g) * sB(d, q)

  14. Learning weights (simple machine learning) Squared error of the scoring function with weight g on example φ is ε(g, φ) = ( r(d, q) – score(d, q) )2 Example d QuerysT sBScorer εεassuming g = 0.4 φ1 37 linux 1 1 1 1 0 0 φ2 37 penguin 0 1 1 – g 0 (1 – g)20.36 φ3 238 system 0 1 1 – g 1 g2 0.16 φ4 238 penguin 0 0 0 0 0 0 φ5 1741 kernel 1 1 1 1 0 0 φ6 2094 driver 0 1 1 – g 1g2 0.16 φ7 3191 driver 1 0 g 0 g2 0.16 Tot_εTot_ε = 0.84 sT sBScore Score assumingg = 0.4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 – g 0.6 1 0 g 0.4 1 1 1 1

  15. Learning weights (simple machine learning) • Total error of a set of training examples Tot_ ε = ∑j ε(g, φj) = ∑j ( r(dj, q) – score(dj, q) )2 • Goal is to choose g to minimize the total error. • Note: Our example has only two zones with weights g and 1 – g, respectively! Generally, there will be l zones with weights g1, …, gl. Same principles! sT sBScore r No. ε 0 0 0 0 n00n 0 0 0 0 1 n00r 1 0 1 1 – g 0 n01n (1 – g)2 0 1 1 – g 1 n01r g2 1 0 g 0 n10n g2 1 0 g 1 n10r (1 – g)2 1 1 1 0 n11n 1 1 1 1 1 n11r 0 Total error Tot_ ε :(n01r + n10n )g2 + (n10r + n01n)(1 – g)2 +n00r + n11n

  16. Learning weights (simple machine learning) • Want to minimize total error Tot_ ε= (n01r + n10n )g2 + (n10r + n01n)(1 – g)2 +n00r + n11n • Differentiating w.r.t. g: d(Tot_ε)/dg = 2(n01r + n10n )g – 2(n10r + n01n)(1 – g) • Find minimum by solving: 2(n01r + n10n )g – 2(n10r + n01n)(1 – g) = 0 → (n10r + n10n + n01r + n01n )g = n10r + n01n → g = (n10r + n01n )/ (n10r + n10n + n01r + n01n )

  17. Exercises • Exercise 6.1: When using weighted scoring, is it necessary for all zones to use the same match function? • Exercise 6.2: If author, title and body zones have weights g1 = 0.2, g2 = 0.31 and g3 = 0.49, what are all the distinct score values a doc may get? • Exercise 6.3: Rewrite the algorithm in Fig. 6.4 to the case of more than two queries, viz., q1 AND q2 AND … AND qm. • Exercise 6.4: Write pseudocode for the function WeightedZone for the case of two postings lists in Fig. 6.4. • Exercise 6.5: Apply Eq. 6.6 to the sample training set in Fig. 6.5 to estimate the best value of g for this example. • Exercise 6.6: For the value of g estimated in Ex. 6.5, compute the weighted zone score of each (query, doc) example. How do these scores relate to the relevance judgments of Fig. 6.4 (quantized to 0/1)? • Exercise 6.7: Why does the expression for g in Eq. 6.6 not involve the training examples in which sT(d, q) and sB(d, q) have the same value?

  18. Ch. 6 Query-document matching scores • We need a way of assigning a score to a query/document pair • Let’s start with a one-term query • If the query term does not occur in the document: score should be 0 • The more frequent the query term in the document, the higher the score (should be) • We will look at a number of alternatives for this.

  19. Ch. 6 Take 1: Jaccard coefficient • A commonly used measure of overlap of two sets A and B: • jaccard(A,B) = |A ∩ B| / |A ∪ B| • jaccard(A, A) = 1 • jaccard(A, B) = 0if A ∩ B = 0 • jaccard(B, A) = jaccard(A, B) • A and B don’t have to be the same size. • Always assigns a number between 0 and 1. • Exercise:A = {1, 2, 3, 4}, B = {1, 2, 4}, C = {1, 2, 4, 5}. Calculate jaccard(A, B), jaccard(B, C), jaccard(A, C).

  20. Ch. 6 Jaccard coefficient: Scoring example • Exercise: What is the query-document match score that the Jaccard coefficient computes for each of the two documents below? • Query: ides of march • Document 1: caesar died in march • Document 2: the long march

  21. Ch. 6 Issues with Jaccard for scoring • It doesn’t consider term frequency (how many times a term occurs in a document) • Rare terms in a collection are more informative than frequent terms. Jaccard doesn’t consider this information • We need a more sophisticated way of normalizing for length

  22. Sec. 6.2 Recall (Lecture 1): Binary term-document incidence matrix Each document is represented by a binaryvector ∈ {0,1}|V|!

  23. Sec. 6.2 Term-document count matrices • Consider the number of occurrences of a term in a document*: Each document is represented by a count vector ∈ ℕ|V|! *Recall from Ch. 1 that term frequency can be stored with a document in the inverted index.

  24. Bag of words model • Vector representation doesn’t consider the ordering of words in a document • John is quicker than Mary and Mary is quicker than John have the same vectors • This is called the bag of wordsmodel. • In a sense, this is a step back: The positional index was able to distinguish these two documents. • We will look at “recovering” positional information later in this course. • For now: bag of words model

  25. Term frequency tf • The term frequency tft,d of term t in document d is defined as the number of times that t occurs in d. • We want to use tf when computing query-document match scores. But how? • Raw term frequency is not what we want: • A document with 10 occurrences of the term is more relevant than a document with 1 occurrence of the term. • But not 10 times more relevant! • Relevance does not increase proportionally with term frequency.

  26. Sec. 6.2 Log-frequency weighting • The log frequency weight of term t in d is • 0 → 0, 1 → 1, 2 → 1.3, 10 → 2, 1000 → 4, etc. • Score for a document-query pair: sum over terms t in both q and d: • score • The score is 0 if none of the query terms is present in the document.

  27. Sec. 6.2.1 Document frequency • Rare terms are more informative than frequent terms • Recall stop words • Consider a term in the query that is rare in the collection (e.g., capricious) vs. a term that is frequent (e.g., person) • A document containing this term “capricious” is very likely to be relevant to a query containing “capricious” • → We want a high weight for rare terms like capricious.

  28. Sec. 6.2.1 Document frequency, continued • Frequent terms are less informative than rare terms • Consider a query term that is frequent in the collection (e.g., high, increase, line) • A document containing such a term is more likely to be relevant than a document that doesn’t • But it’s not a sure indicator of relevance. • → For frequent terms, we want high positive weights for words like high, increase, and line • But lower weights than for rare terms. • We will use document frequency (df) to capture this.

  29. Sec. 6.2.1 idf weight • dft is the document frequency of t: the number of documents that contain t • dft is an inverse measure of the informativeness of t • dft  N • We define the idf (inverse document frequency) of t by • We use log (N/dft) instead of N/dft to “dampen” the effect of idf. Will turn out the base of the log is immaterial.

  30. Sec. 6.2.1 idf example, suppose N = 1 million There is one idf value for each term t in a collection.

  31. Effect of idf on ranking • Question: Does idf have an effect on ranking for one-term queries, like • iPhone • idf has no effect on ranking one term queries • idf affects the ranking of documents for queries with at least two terms • For the query capricious person, idf weighting makes occurrences of capricious count for much more in the final document ranking than occurrences of person.

  32. Sec. 6.2.1 Collection vs. Document frequency • The collection frequency of t is the number of occurrences of t in the collection, counting multiple occurrences. • Example: • Which word is a better search term (and should get a higher weight)?

  33. Sec. 6.2.2 tf-idf weighting • The tf-idf weight of a term is the product of its tf weight and its idf weight. • Best known weighting scheme in information retrieval • Note: the “-” in tf-idf is a hyphen, not a minus sign! • Alternative names: tf.idf, tf x idf • Increases with the number of occurrences within a document • Increases with the rarity of the term in the collection

  34. Sec. 6.2.2 Final ranking of documents for a query

  35. Sec. 6.3 Binary → count → weight matrix Each document is now represented by a real-valued vector of tf-idf weights ∈ R|V|

  36. Exercise 6.8: Why is the idf of a term always finite? • Exercise 6.9: What is the idf of a term that occurs in every document? Compare this with the use of stop word lists. • Exercise 6.10: Consider the table of term frequencies for 3 docs: term dft idft Doc1 Doc2 Doc3 car 18,165 1.65 27 4 24 auto 6,723 2.08 3 33 0 insurance 19,241 1.62 0 33 29 best 25,235 1.50 14 0 17 Compute the tf-idf weights for the terms car, auto, insurance and best for each doc using the given idf values. • Exercise 6.11: Can the tf-idf weight of a term in a doc exceed 1? • Exercise 6.12: How does the base of the logarithm in affect the score calculation by ? How does it affect the relative scores of two docs on a given query? • Exercise 6.13: If the logarithm in is computed base 2, suggest a simple approximation of the idf of a term.

  37. Sec. 6.3 Documents as vectors • So we have a |V|-dimensional vector space • Terms are axes of the space • Documents are points or vectors in this space • Very high-dimensional: tens of millions of dimensions when you apply this to a web search engine • These are very sparse vectors – most entries are zero.

  38. Sec. 6.3 Queries as vectors • Key idea 1:Do the same for queries: represent them as vectors in the space • Key idea 2:Rank documents according to their proximity to the query in this space • proximity = similarity of vectors • proximity ≈ inverse of distance • Recall: We do this because we want to get away from the you’re-either-in-or-out Boolean model. • Instead: rank more relevant documents higher than less relevant documents

  39. Sec. 6.3 Formalizing vector space proximity • First cut: distance between two points • ( = distance between the end points of the two vectors) • Euclidean distance? • Euclidean distance is a bad idea . . . • . . . because Euclidean distance is large for vectors of different lengths.

  40. Sec. 6.3 Why distance is a bad idea The Euclidean distance between q and d2 is large even though the distribution of terms in the query qand the distribution of terms in the document d2 are very similar.

  41. Sec. 6.3 Use angle instead of distance • Thought experiment: take a document d and append it to itself. Call this document d′. • “Semantically” d and d′ have the same content • The Euclidean distance between the two documents can be quite large • The angle between the two documents is 0, corresponding to maximal similarity. • Key idea: Rank documents according to angle with query.

  42. Sec. 6.3 From angles to cosines • The following two notions are equivalent. • Rank documents in decreasing order of the angle between query and document • Rank documents in increasing order of cosine(query,document) • Cosine is a monotonically decreasing function for the interval [0o, 180o]

  43. Sec. 6.3 From angles to cosines • But how – and why – should we be computing cosines?

  44. Sec. 6.3 Length normalization • A vector can be (length-) normalized by dividing each of its components by its length – for this we use the L2 norm: • Dividing a vector by its L2 norm makes it a unit (length) vector (on surface of unit hypersphere) • Effect on the two documents d and d′ (d appended to itself) from earlier slide: they have identical vectors after length-normalization. • Long and short documents now have comparable weights

  45. Sec. 6.3 cosine(query,document) Dot product Unit vectors qi is the tf-idf weight of term i in the query di is the tf-idf weight of term i in the document cos(q,d) is the cosine similarity of q and d … or, equivalently, the cosine of the angle between q and d.

  46. Cosine for length-normalized vectors • For length-normalized vectors, cosine similarity is simply the dot product (or scalar product): for q, d length-normalized.

  47. Cosine similarity illustrated

  48. Sec. 6.3 Cosine similarity amongst 3 documents How similar are the novels SaS: Sense and Sensibility PaP: Pride and Prejudice, and WH: Wuthering Heights? Term frequencies (counts) Note: To simplify this example, we don’t do idf weighting.

  49. Sec. 6.3 3 documents example contd. Log frequency weighting After length normalization cos(SaS,PaP) ≈ 0.789 × 0.832 + 0.515 × 0.555 + 0.335 × 0.0 + 0.0 × 0.0 ≈ 0.94 cos(SaS,WH) ≈ 0.79 cos(PaP,WH) ≈ 0.69 Why do we have cos(SaS,PaP) > cos(SAS,WH)? SaS and PaP were both written by Jane Austen, WH by Emily Brontë.

  50. Sec. 6.3 Computing cosine scores Can traverse posting lists one term at time – which is called term-at-a-time scoring. Or can traverse them concurrently as in the INTERSECT algorithm of Ch. 1 – which is called document-at-a-time scoring No need to store these per doc per posting list. Can be computed on-the-fly from the dft value at the head of the postings list and the tft,d value in the doc. Priority queue=heap!

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