Initial article filing in computer-based book catalogs: techniques, problems and article frequencies
Journal of library automation
Bourne, Charles P
Copyright (c) 1975 Information Science and Automation Division
Abstract: This report is concerned with one part of the problem of computer implementation of library filing rules, namely the handling of initial articles in many languages. A brief review is given of the general computer-based methods used for filing catalog records. With a catalog for an academic library collection of approximately 750,000 title entries and over 50,000 initial article character strings, an empirical study was made of the frequency of misfiling that would occur for each article if simple table lookup procedures were used for the ninety-three different articles studied. Including all of these articles in a simple table lookup program without language codes would result in the computer misfiling of approximately 6.3 percent of the title entries according to library filing rules. A strategy is suggested which reduces this error rate.