Department of Computer Science and Technology

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Simple, proven approaches to text retrieval

S.E. Robertson, K. Spärck Jones

December 1994, 8 pages

This version of the report incorporates minor changes to the December 1994 original, which were released May 1996, May 1997 and February 2006.


This technical note describes straightforward techniques for document indexing and retrieval that have been solidly established through extensive testing and are easy to apply. They are useful for many different types of text material, are viable for very large files, and have the advantage that they do not require special skills or training for searching, but are easy for end users.

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  author =	 {Robertson, S.E. and Sp{\"a}rck Jones, K.},
  title = 	 {{Simple, proven approaches to text retrieval}},
  year = 	 1994,
  month = 	 dec,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-356}