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Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines (MIT Press)

Stefan Büttcher, Charles L. A. Clarke, Gordon V. Cormack · 1 HN comments
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Information retrieval is the foundation for modern search engines. This text offers an introduction to the core topics underlying modern search technologies, including algorithms, data structures, indexing, retrieval, and evaluation. The emphasis is on implementation and experimentation; each chapter includes exercises and suggestions for student projects. Wumpus--a multiuser open-source information-retrieval system developed by one of the authors and available online--provides model implementations and a basis for student work. The modular structure of the book allows instructors to use it in a variety of graduate-level courses, including courses taught from a database systems perspective, traditional information retrieval courses with a focus on IR theory, and courses covering the basics of Web retrieval. After an introduction to the basics of information retrieval, the text covers three major topic areas--indexing, retrieval, and evaluation--in self-contained parts. The final par
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At a general audience level, "Index" is on my list to read. It covers the invention of the index up to digital search engines.

"Introduction to Information Retrieval" is a textbook which is available online Here's a review:

Another textbook which IMHO is a bit lower level is "Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines". The book website is down for me right now, but you can find it on Amazon here:

Another commenter linked to "Relevant Search", which is great if you want to learn how to effectively use a search engine to improve relevance (as opposed to how to implement a search engine). It's old, but another book in that vein that was really helpful for me earlier in my career is Lucene in Action:

Going to second the rec on "Index", it's a very understandable, well researched book that the general audience or even a skilled practitioner would enjoy.
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