ERIC Number: ED025269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
The Reactive Library.
Hunt, Earl; Quinlan, J.R.
This report describes an information retrieval system called the Reactive Library (RL) which is designed to aid, but not replace, a person in the task of fitting new experimental findings into the previously available literature. As a tool for increasing communications within a small group of scientists, the RL is based on the assumption that the different individuals in such a group will share a common language but have somewhat disparate reading interests. The RL program was written to aid in coordinating literature searches by separate individuals, and it utilized rudimentary techniques originally developed in question answering and theorem proving programs in order to determine whether a fact input to it is relevant to previously stored facts. The list of relevant facts, together with a citation to the article reporting them, is then printed out. The program is currently being used by a group of physiological psychologists on a field trial basis (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Programs, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, Input Output, Language Usage, Psychophysiology, Research Utilization, Scientific Personnel, Scientific Research
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD-669-104, MF $.65, HC $3.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Dept. of Psychology.