Information Retrieval


  • The science of how to find information to meet an Information Need. While modern Information Retrieval relies heavily on computers, the discipline predates the invention of computers. 1
  • The process of identifying documents or other records in a corpus that are relevant to the user’s interest or information need. Information retrieval is a term of art in computer science that is typically broader than search (a hypernym), but is also frequently used as a synonym for search. 2


  1. Maura R. Grossman and Gordon V. Cormack, EDRM page & The Grossman-Cormack Glossary of Technology-Assisted Review, with Foreword by John M. Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge2013 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 7 (January 2013).
  2. Herb Roitblat, Search 2020: The Glossary.
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