Generality of Texts

  • R. B. Allen
  • Yejun Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2555)

Abstract

When searching or browsing, a user may be looking for either very general information or very specific information. We explored predictors for characterizing the generality of six encyclopedia texts. We had human subjects rank-order the generality of the texts. We also developed statistics from analysis of word frequency and from comparison to a set of reference terms. We found a statistically significant relationship between the human ratings of text generality and our automatic measure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. B. Allen
    • 1
  • Yejun Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Information StudiesUniversity of MarylandUSA

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