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Human Information Retrieval$
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Julian Warner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013444

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013444.001.0001

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A Syntactics for Retrieval from Full Text

A Syntactics for Retrieval from Full Text

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Human Information Retrieval

Julian Warner

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the syntactics of full-text retrieval and the syntax of written language, with an emphasis on patterns and in relation to syntactic labor and machine processes. It focuses on the units of written language and their combination—letter or character, word, and multiword sequence. It also looks at the frequency of occurrence and recurrence of units and their combination, particularly of identical multiword sequences. Drawing on information theory, it discusses the materiality of communication as well as the message and messages for selection.

Keywords:   syntactics, full-text retrieval, syntax, written language, patterns, syntactic labor, machine processes, multiword sequences, information theory, communication

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