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Multilingual Natural Language Processing Applications: From Theory to Practice by Imed Zitouni, Daniel Bikel

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Chapter 11. Multilingual Information Retrieval

Philipp Sorg and Philipp Cimiano

Research on monolingual information retrieval (IR) dates back at least to the 1960s and represents by now an established and mature research field. The subfield of crosslingual information retrieval has observed a surge of interest in recent years. The reasons for this surge are many. First, it is certainly the case that improvements in related technologies, especially in machine translation (MT), have fostered the development of effective multilingual retrieval systems. Second, the number of non-English Internet users has been growing at a fast rate.1 As a consequence, we find much more non-English content on the Web compared to several years ago. Further, the advent ...

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