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Re: SIGIA-L: Article: Anti-Thesaurus

From: James Weinheimer (
Date: Thu Nov 29 2001 - 14:01:45 EST

I thought this was one of the funniest things I've read in awhile. I think that
librarians ought to spend all their time adding words that people should not
search under!

This could be an interesting point to talk about the problems of full-text
searching. The article mentioned something very interesting: I wonder how many
terrabytes are transferred every day for things that people don't want? And how
would that compare to the amount that they really do want?

Melissa Riesland wrote:
> My daily SearchDay (Search Engine Watch) newsletter
> pointed me to this article.
> [Forwarding is not intended and should not be
> interpreted as an endorsement.]
> M.
> ----------------------------------------------
> The Anti-Thesaurus:
> A Proposal For Improving Internet Search While
> Reducing Unnecessary Traffic Loads
> Summary--
> In the continual struggle between search engine
> administrators, index spammers, and the chaos that
> underlies knowledge classification, we have endless
> tools for "increasing relevance" of search returns,
> ranging from much ballyhooed and misunderstood "meta
> keywords", to complex algorithms that are still far
> from perfecting artificial intelligence.
> Proposal: there should be a metadata standard allowing
> webmasters to manually decrease the relevance of their
> pages for specific search terms and phrases.
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