inverted file index

(data structure)

Definition: An inverted index that only indicates the text in which a word appears, not where the word appears within the text.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
inverted index.

See also full inverted index, block addressing index.

Note: See the example at inverted index.

Author: PEB

More information

Nivio Ziviani, Edleno Silva de Moura, Gonzalo Navarro, and Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Compression: A Key for Next-Generation Text Retrieval Systems, IEEE Computer, 33(11):37-44, November 2000, (page 42).

Justin Zobel and Alistair Moffat, Inverted Files for Text Search Engines, ACM Computing Surveys, 38(2), article 6, July 2006.

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