American Journal of Applied Sciences

Evaluation of Different Query Expansion Techniques for Arabic Text Retrieval System

Aysh Alhroob, Hayel Khafajeh and Nisreen Innab

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2013.1018.1024

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 10, Issue 9

Pages 1018-1024


The word mismatch problem is fundamental to Information retrieval. Query expansion process helps to overcome this problem. Based on the Arabic corpuses, the comparisons between two query expansion techniques (global and local query) have been conducted to determine the query effectiveness. First one represents the local context analysis which represents a local method, while a global method was the second technique that has been represented by the Association and similarity thesauruses. These techniques can be used in any special field or domain to improve the expansion process and to get more relevant documents for the user’s query. This study introduces a comparison between these approaches and shows their effectiveness. Although, local context analysis has some advantages over the similarity thesaurus, Association thesaurus which is global is generally the most effective one.


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