Accession Number : AD0671906

Title :   DESCRIPTION OF AN EXPERIMENT INVESTIGATING TERM RELATIONSHIPS AS INTERPRETED BY HUMANS,

Corporate Author : PENNSYLVANIA UNIV PHILADELPHIA MOORE SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Rubinoff,Morris ; Franks,Winifred ; Stone,Don C.

Report Date : JUN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : An experiment is reported in which 78 subjects examined synonymic and generic-specific relationships among 513 terms compiled from subject indexes of programming textbooks and manuals. Terms were assigned in groups of 20 so that given decisions for terms could be compared for three subjects. The experiment suggested such methodological improvements for future experiments as limitation of workload on a subject, the need for controls on distribution and return of responses, the need for larger data samples, and the need to know the background and experience of subjects. The experiment established bases for further study into the development of semantic tools for information storage and retrieval. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, SEMANTICS), (*SUBJECT INDEXING, *WORD ASSOCIATION), (*VOCABULARY, *SEMANTICS), DATA PROCESSING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, SYMBOLS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, INPUT OUTPUT DEVICES, DOCUMENTS, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, TABLES(DATA), DICTIONARIES, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), SEARCH THEORY, CLASSIFICATION

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Linguistics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE