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Examining the Additivity of Top-k Query Processing Innovations

J MacKenzie, A Moffat

Proceedings of the 29th ACM International Conference on Information & Knowledge Management | ACM | Published : 2020


Research activity spanning more than five decades has led to index organizations, compression schemes, and traversal algorithms that allow extremely rapid response to ranked queries against very large text collections. However, little attention has been paid to the interactions between these many components, and the additivity of algorithmic improvements has not been explored. Here we examine the extent to which efficiency improvements add up. We employ four query processing algorithms, four compression codecs, and all possible combinations of four distinct further optimizations, and compare the performance of the 256 resulting systems to determine when and how different optimizations intera..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council