ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

When the elevator pitch meets the subject heading: how mixtures of other documents can describe what a document is about

Peter Organisciak, Michael Twidale
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America

Monday, Nov. 3, 3:30pm


We explore the concept of mixture descriptions. Commonly used in film reviews, they describe a film in terms of a combination of two or more other films. This very concrete approach to description can be contrasted with the abstractions typically used in subject headings or the names of genres. By exploring a dataset of film reviews, we uncover some of the features of mixture descriptions as they are used colloquially and investigate when and how they may prove useful. This form of description through combination is not specific to film, and we look at its potential as a bottom-up, ludic form of document description.