“Conceptual Retrieval” Using Object—Oriented Approach

  • T. C. Tan
  • P. Smith
  • M. Pegman


The emphasis today in information retrieval is Leaning towards ’quality’ rather than ’quantity’. This is due to new technologies such as artificial intelligence and expert systems. From these technologies, ’expert’ data base systems have emerged. Not tong after that enters object-oriented programming and another class of database called object-oriented data bases begin to appear. These new technologies have serious implications on information retrieval as a whole, changing the ways in which we can perceive and treat information. This paper describes how one can improve on the quality and the authoritativeness of retrieved information using ’conceptual retrieval’, implemented via the object-oriented paradigm.


Information Retrieval Expert System Knowledge Representation Semantic Network Instance Object 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Tan
    • 1
  • P. Smith
    • 1
  • M. Pegman
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computer Studies and MathematicsSunderland PolytechnicSunderlandUK
  2. 2.Headway Systems LtdDerbyshireUK

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