ON THE THEORETICAL BASIS OF INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS.
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES TECHNIQUES DE LA DOCUMENTATION PARIS (FRANCE)
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This report is an extensive survey of and commentary on research and developments in the fields of information retrieval and linguistics and the applicability of results to the formulation of information retrieval languages and machine translation. Commentary is weighted toward imparting an awareness of many of the special requirements of a reasonably efficient IR language, the complexities involved in translating from one language to another be it natural language, IR language, or other synthetic languages, and the difficulties inherent in describing concepts and representing meanings. Real and putative relations which have been made between logic, linguistics, and information retrieval are explored in some detail. An extensive discussion is included of classification from a theoretical point of view, under topic headings classifications of language traditional bibliographic classifications the British classification research group Ejnar Wahlins system Gardins Syntol the problem of categories in classifications the integrative levels approach and the problem of relations. Activities in the United States, Europe, and the Soviet Union are considered. Author
- Information Science