information retrieval


Definition of information retrieval

: the techniques of storing and recovering and often disseminating recorded data especially through the use of a computerized system

Examples of information retrieval in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The school now serves some 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students studying everything from software design, robotics, machine learning, cybersecurity, information retrieval and more. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2021 Modern search relies on a process called indexing, which aims to store and parse data to maximize information retrieval. An Xiao Mina, The Atlantic, 8 June 2021 Noah’s method is similar to the way a search browser runs an information retrieval task. Kevin Anderton, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Some providers are starting to offer the ability to streamline the information retrieval process. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 At one point, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked Microsoft’s attorney, E. Joshua Rosenkranz, how the information retrieval worked. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of information retrieval

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Information retrieval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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