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close this bookExpanding Access to Science and Technology (UNU, 1994, 462 pages)
close this folderSession 3: New technologies and media for information retrieval and transfer
close this folderInformation retrieval: Theory, experiment, and operational systems
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View the document1. Scientific communication and information retrieval
View the document2. Anomalous states of knowledge
View the document3. Relevance
View the document4. Early experiments in IR
View the document5. Language
View the document6. Boolean logic, search strategy, and intermediaries
View the document7. Associative methods
View the document8. Probabilistic models
View the document9. Information-seeking behaviour
View the document10. Intelligence
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Abstract

The paper examines the process of scientific communication resulting from users' expressed needs for information and in particular the formal mechanisms for the storage and retrieval of information in response to queries or requests. Formal indexing or coding schemes, Boolean systems, facet analysis, and associative methods, as well as probabilistic models, are reviewed and information-seeking behaviour is discussed.