Characterising through Erasing: A Theoretical Framework for Representing Documents Inspired by Quantum Theory

Huertas-Rosero, Alvaro Francisco and Azzopardi, Leif and van Rijsbergen, C. J. Characterising through Erasing: A Theoretical Framework for Representing Documents Inspired by Quantum Theory., 2008 . In Second Quantum Interaction Symposium, Oxford, UK, March 25-28, 2008. (In Press) [Conference paper]


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The problem of representing text documents within an Information Retrieval system is formulated as an analogy to the problem of representing the quantum states of a physical system. Lexical measurements of text are proposed as a way of representing documents which are akin to physical measurements on quantum states. Consequently, the representation of the text is only known after measurements have been made, and because the process of measuring may destroy parts of the text, the document is characterised through erasure. The mathematical foundations of such a quantum representation of text are provided in this position paper as a starting point for indexing and retrieval within a "quantum like" Information Retrieval system.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Indexing, Lexical Measurements, Quantum Theory
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IC. Index languages, processes and schemes.
Depositing user: Alvaro Francisco Huertas-Rosero
Date deposited: 13 Feb 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:10


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