On 13 Mar 2008, at 19:34, John Smith wrote:
> We don't use Dewey but if I go to LC classmark PE 4178 in my library
> I will find nothing but poems by T S Eliot and at PE 4178.W2-W25
> nothing but the Wasteland or books about the Wasteland. I won't find
> books about waste or land or wilderness.
But what does PE4178 *mean*? 4178 isn't in the LOC documentation under
>>> Could your algorithms even tell me it was a poem?
>> Ahh. What is poetry? My algorithms would have a good chance of
>> categorising The Wasteland as poetry because it was (a) published
>> in a
>> literary magazine and (b) written by a man whose speciality was
>> poetry. I think Stevan made a similar point about identifying the
>> subject area of an article from an understanding of the journal it
>> appeared in. Guilt by association.
> Then you are using context and not the content of the document,
> Stevan's claim concerned analysis of the content of the document.
> Further how do you know that the journal was a literary magazine or
> that Eliot wrote poetry? Because a human being asserted it and it
> was noted somewhere you could find it. No sophisticated computation
> just a lookup of a human applied subject tag.
> Sorry, no cigar (or beer) :-) .