Multiple Instantaneous Response File.
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF
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A study was made of the feasibility of constructing a data retrieval file of large capacity in which all the data are interrogated simultaneously, with the possibility that any number of the file items may respond. The subject was named MIRF Multiple Instantaneous Response File. The speed of such a file would ease the task of finding appropriate terms and the optimum specificity level for an interrogation, and would enable a user to make chains of association among search terms. Other possible applications are discussed. Several physical realizations suitable for an index file are considered. The most promising employs an arrangement of conductors, diodes, and magnetic cores, specially shaped to facilitate file construction and change. Codes and searching techniques suitable for such a file are discussed.