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Context-Aware Search for Personal Information Management Systems

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Executive Summary

With the fast growth of disk capacity in personal computers, keyword search over personal data (a.k.a. desktop search) is becoming increasingly important. Nonetheless, desktop search has been shown to be more challenging than traditional Web search. Modern commercial Web search engines heavily rely on structural information (i.e., hyperlinks between Web pages) to rank their search results. However, such information is not available in the circumstance of desktop search. Therefore, state-of-the-art desktop search systems such as Google Desktop Search usually leverage pure text-based ranking approaches (e.g., TF-IDF), which often fail to give promising rankings due to the misinterpretation of user intention.

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