Faculty Publications

Title

A language for implementing information retrieval software

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Online Information Review

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

127

Last Page

137

Abstract

Information storage and retrieval (IS&R) programming is often hindered by the lack of specialized facilities in traditional computer languages. This article describes a portable programming language, derived from the C and Mumps languages and designed to meet the needs of IS&R applications. The language allows the user to deal with an IS&R database at a level of abstraction consistent with many theoretical models commonly in use. Examples from a pilot implementation of a statistically-based retrieval system are given which demonstrate that this approach results in substantial savings in disk storage and greater coding efficiency when compared with traditional implementation techniques.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1992

DOI of published version

10.1108/eb024394

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