Quantum Theory and the Nature of Search

Sachi Arafat, C. J. van Rijsbergen

The conceptual model and mathematical formalism of quantum theory are employed in creating a novel framework for modeling the computational search process addressing problematic issues that restrict information retrieval research. Mapping the mathematical formalism of search to that of quantum theory presents insightful perspectives about the nature of search. However, differences in operational semantics of quantum theory and search restrict the utility of the mapping. An approach is suggested for resolving these semantic differences aiming toward a sound mathematical and conceptual framework for search inspired by quantum theory.

Subjects: 1.10 Information Retrieval; 9.4 Philosophical Foundations

Submitted: Mar 6, 2007

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