Issue No.05 - September-October (1997 vol.12)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/64.621226
The authors introduce query-free information retrieval, a paradigm in which queries are constructed autonomously and information relevant to a user is offered without explicit request. Query-free methods offer an apparently new approach for integrating knowledge-based applications with legacy databases. The authors describe a fielded system, Fixit, which integrates an expert diagnostic system with a preexisting full-text database of maintenance manuals. The reported results suggest that query-free information retrieval can liberate the user from burdensome information retrieval activities while incurring only modest system development costs and minimal run-time costs.
Peter E. Hart, Jamey Graham, "Query-Free Information Retrieval", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol.12, no. 5, pp. 32-37, September-October 1997, doi:10.1109/64.621226