ERIC Number: ED056736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
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A Study and Model of Machine-Like Indexing Behavior by Human Indexers.
Although a large part of a document retrieval system's resources are devoted to indexing, the question of how people do subject indexing has been the subject of much conjecture and only a little experimentation. This dissertation examines the relationships between a document being indexed and the index terms assigned to that document in an attempt to quantify the extent of "machine-like" indexing occurring when librarians and scientists index technical text. A number of possible relationships between the text and the index assignments are predicted and tested with two models: a multiple linear regression model and a Boolean combinatorial model. It is concluded that indexers in general do not index technical text in a "machine-like" fashion and that neither model is useful as a general predictor of human indexing. (Author/NH)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: International Business Machines Corp., Los Gatos, CA. Advanced Systems Development Div.
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