ERIC Number: ED041610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Automatic Indexing: A State-of-the-Art Report.
Stevens, Mary Elizabeth
A survey of automatic indexing systems and experiments has been conducted by the Research Information Center and Advisory Service on Information Processing, Information Technology Division, Institute for Applied Technology, National Bureau of Standards. Consideration is first given to indexes compiled by or with the aid of machines, including citation indexes. Automatic derivative indexing is exemplified by key-word-in-context (KWIC) and other word-in-context techniques. Advantages, disadvantages, and possibilities for modification and improvement are discussed. Experiments in automatic assignment indexing are summarized. Related research efforts in such areas as automatic classification and categorization, computer use of thesauri, statistical association techniques, and linguistic data processing are described. A major question is that of evaluation, particularly in view of evidence of human inter-indexer inconsistency. It is concluded that indexes based on words extracted from text are practical for many purposes today, and that automatic assignment indexing and classification experiments show promise for future progress. (Author)
Descriptors: Automatic Indexing, Automation, Citation Indexes, Classification, Data Processing, Evaluation, Indexes, Indexing
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (GPO C13.44:91, $2.25)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC.