Accession Number : AD0635104

Title :   HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH ON STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION TECHNIQUES FOR MECHANIZED DOCUMENTATION.

Corporate Author : LITTLE (ARTHUR D) INC CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Jones, Paul E.

Report Date : 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : Ultimately, in statistical association research of the type which is discussed in this Symposium, the data under analysis are taken from a symbol system generated by man. The symbol system may comprise, for example, a text prepared for communication in natural language, or it may be a pattern of terms assigned to a document collection where the purpose of the indexing relates to the retrieval of the documents. Ordinarily the purpose of the system can be well defined, but the mechanism for producing the symbols (uttering words, indexing documents) is poorly understood. As attempts are made to unravel the statistical properties of these symbol systems, the unknown processes which underlie formation of the data are in fact under scrutiny. Thus in examining the effects of the unknown symbol-producing nechanism, problems continue to be studied which have caught the attention of the greatest intellects of Western culture. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DOCUMENTS, *WORD ASSOCIATION), (*STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, WORD ASSOCIATION), HISTORY, DATA PROCESSING, LINGUISTICS

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE