1.6 Overview of the Thesis

Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 serve as introductory chapters to the field of information retrieval, language modeling for information retrieval, mapping free text to structured knowledge sources, and experimental evaluation in the context of information retrieval. We recommend that the reader first get familiarized with the material presented there before reading other chapters. Many of the contributions made in the thesis converge in Chapter 7 and to be able to appreciate the results presented there, we encourage the reader to start with earlier material, in particular with Chapter 4 and Chapter 6. In appendix A (See page 477), we include a nomenclature and list of abbreviations.