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A Hybrid Approach to Faceted Classification Based on Analysis of Descriptor Suffixes

Aaron Loehrlein, Elin K. Jacob, Kiduk Yang, Seungmin Lee, Ning Yu

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


This study explores a hybrid approach to the construction of faceted vocabularies that can be used for organizing Web-based resources. After analyzing the manual process of faceted vocabulary construction using existing organizational structures to identify heuristics for automating the construction process, we modeled a semi-automatic approach to facet generation that integrates the strengths of manual and automatic methods. One strategy in this hybrid approach utilizes the organization of terms according to the meanings of their suffixes. Although this heuristic could not effectively organize all of the terms of the lexicon bases to which it was applied, it nevertheless shows promise as a component of hybrid classification.

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