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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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Semantics and Syntactics for Retrieval from Full Text

Semantics and Syntactics for Retrieval from Full Text

(p.131) 8 Semantics and Syntactics for Retrieval from Full Text
Human Information Retrieval

Julian Warner

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the models of semantics and syntactics for full-text retrieval and presents examples of information retrieval from full text. It examines the material basis for communication as well as phrase searching, the differences and similarities between semantics and syntactics, and full-text indexing of syntagma and paradigm as well as the message and messages for selection. It also discusses the difficulty of finding two uniquely co-occurring words in the context of linguistics, information theory, and the experience accumulated by using information retrieval systems. Finally, the chapter considers signification in written language and transformations on written language based on the interaction between syntagma and paradigm.

Keywords:   semantics, syntactics, full-text retrieval, information retrieval, communication, phrase searching, syntagma, paradigm, linguistics, information theory

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