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Performance of Reucking's word-compression method when applied to machine retrieval from a library catalog

Journal of library automation [December 1969]


Copyright (c) 1969 Information Science and Automation Division

Abstract: F. H. Ruecking''s word-compression algorithm for retrieval of bibliographic data from computer stores was tested for performance in matching user-supplied, unedited bibliographic data to the bibliographic data contained in a library catalog. The algorithm was tested by manual simulation, using data derived from 126 case studies of successful manual searches of the card catalog at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. The algorithm achieved 70% recall in comparison to conventional searching. Its acceptability as a substitute for conventional catalog searching methods is questioned unless recall performance can be improved, either by use of the algorithm alone or in combination with other algorithms.

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Publication Year:1969
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journal of library automation
Publication Info:Volume 2 Number 4
Issue:December 1969
Publisher:Information Science and Automation Division
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Record Number:1997
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00