Document (#20630)

Author
Bhattacharyya, K.
Title
¬The effectiveness of natural language in science indexing and retrieval
Source
Journal of documentation. 30(1974), S.235-254
Year
1974
Abstract
This paper examines the implications of the findings of evaluative tests regarding the retrieval performance of natural language in various subject fields. It suggests parallel investigations into the structure of natural language, with particular reference to terminology, as used in the different branches of basic science. The criteria for defining the terminological consistency of a subject are formulated and a measure suggested for determining the degree of terminological consistency. The terminological and information structures of specific disciplines such as, chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, and geology; the circumstances in which terms originate; and the efforts made by the international scientific community to standardize the terminology in their respective disciplines - are examined in detail. This investigation shows why and how an artificially created scientific language finds it impossible to keep pace with current developments and thus points to the source of strength of natural language
Theme
Retrievalstudien
Field
Chemie
Biologie
Geowissenschaften

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