Charting a New Course: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval

Essays in Honour of Karen Spärck Jones

  • John I. Tait

Part of the The Kluwer International Series on Information Retrieval book series (INRE, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Yorick A. Wilks, John I. Tait
    Pages 1-11
  3. Stephen Robertson
    Pages 13-22
  4. Martin F. Porter
    Pages 39-68
  5. Mark T. Maybury
    Pages 99-103
  6. Arthur W.S. Cater
    Pages 105-128
  7. A. Copestake, E.J. Briscoe
    Pages 129-154
  8. Stephen G. Pulman
    Pages 155-173
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 283-283

About this book


Karen Spärck Jones is one of the major figures of 20th century and early 21st Century computing and information processing. Her ideas have had an important influence on the development of Internet Search Engines. Her contribution has been recognized by awards from the natural language processing, information retrieval and artificial intelligence communities, including being asked to present the prestigious Grace Hopper lecture. She continues to be an active and influential researcher. Her contribution to the scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of such computer systems has been quite outstanding.

This book celebrates the life and work of Karen Spärck Jones in her seventieth year. It consists of fifteen new and original chapters written by leading international authorities reviewing the state of the art and her influence in the areas in which Karen Spärck Jones has been active. Although she has a publication record which goes back over forty years, it is clear even the very early work reviewed in the book can be read with profit by those working on recent developments in information processing like bioinformatics and the semantic web.


Text artificial intelligence bioinformatics classification intelligence multimedia natural language natural language processing semantic web

Editors and affiliations

  • John I. Tait
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing and TechnologyUniversity of SunderlandSunderlandUK

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