Accession Number:

ADA001769

Title:

Data Organization.

Descriptive Note:

Technical interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

IBM THOMAS J WATSON RESEARCH CENTER YORKTOWN HEIGHTS N Y

Report Date:

1974-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Three word list experiments investigated how people organize data. Sets of 15 to 20 words had pre-defined organizations hierarchy, networks, lists, table, and random, based on semantic relations. Experiment 1 indicated that college students had these organizational structures available for use. Most subjects used organizations that most easily preserved the relations, but a few organized nearly all sets into lists which maintained the semantic relations. Experiment 3 showed how subjects have difficulty in preserving relations among data if required to organize into inappropriate structures. Results are evaluated for use in computer based information retrieval systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE