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Christina's LIS Rant
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
  meaningful and stable vs. not
On Web4Lib a while ago we were discussing clustering vs faceted vs federated search (all very different!). This reminded me of work by an HCIL-er (now professor at CUA)... I've made this point here before, but little has changed.

Meaningful and stable (yes, not the right database for the search, probably):

Facets - author, affiliation, publisher, language, year, classification code, controlled vocabulary...
Suggestions from the CV (not really suggestions but frequently occurring descriptors):
Neurology(19)
Proteins(5)
Muscle(5)
Cells(4)
Neurophysiology(4)
Drug Therapy(4)
Patient Monitoring(4)
Electromyography(3)
Pharmacodynamics(3)
Patient Treatment(3)

Not meaningful, maybe stable:

Ok, so here are the clusters for "nerve blockade"
Under "more..."

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