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Everyday Classification: How Products are Categorized so You Will Buy Them Today and Tomorrow

Joseph Busch

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


This session is about everyday classification—specifically how products and non-product content are categorized to make them findable on large and successful e-commerce websites. This panel includes representatives from three major e-commerce sites who will discuss how the categorization schemes used on their site were developed, how the site activity is monitored to see how the schemes perform, and how the schemes are modified in response to user activitry or merchandising campaigns. Three classification researchers will react to these methods by observing how established classification best practices are being followed or not in these real world applications, what applicable practices are not being followed, and whether current classification instruction is preparing people with the skills to do this work.

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