In the first chapter, indexing was defined as the process of assigning content descriptors to documents. There are two reasons to index document collections. The first is to represent the content of individual documents for searchers to retrieve them, and the second is to organize the content so that computer programs may determine rapidly which documents contain content about which concepts.


Indexing Term Word Position Word Indexing Human Indexing Inverted File 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Hersh
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  1. 1.Biomedical Information Communication CenterOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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