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  • Link, Albert N.

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

  • Rowe, Brent R.

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    (RTI International)

  • Wood, Dallas W.

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    (RTI International)

Abstract

Information retrieval (IR) is the science and practice of matching information seekers with the information being sought. Research on IR focuses on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of retrieval techniques and evaluating competing retrieval mechanisms. For example, Internet search engines utilize IR techniques to provide relevant information to users. In the United States, about $29 million of public support has been devoted to IR research over the past two decades. Through the activities of the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) program with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Here, we show empirically that research organizations worldwide that avail themselves of this information have relatively greater IR performance.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11-10.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 19 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2011_010

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Keywords: Information retrieval; public goods; knowledge production function;

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  1. Gregory Tassey, 2005. "Underinvestment in Public Good Technologies," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 30(2_2), pages 89-113, 01.
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