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Re: [ba-unrev-talk] Alternative categorization scheme

Sounds a bit like Teoma as posted by Jack earlier
http://www.bootstrap.org/lists/ba-unrev-talk/0207/msg00000.html    (01)

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From: "Eric Armstrong" <eric.armstrong@sun.com>
To: <ba-unrev-talk@bootstrap.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:08 PM
Subject: [ba-unrev-talk] Alternative categorization scheme    (02)

> "Dennis E. Hamilton" wrote:
> > Chris, .... I think you are spot on.  The approach to formal ontologies,
> > taxonomies, and related classification/nomenclature schemes seem to involve
> > straight-jacketing into fixed conceptual frameworks.  I think it shows up
> > dramatically in cross-cultural as well as cross-language matters.  I do not
> > know how the semantic web will reconcile this.  We get to find out in one of
> > the grandest information systems experiments going.
> >
> > At the same time, based on my experience in computation theory, I am aware
> > of schemes that do not require this kind of commitment.  And it is not clear
> > how that can help.  There is something more powerful, but it may not make
> > sense or be practicable to expect to exercise it at the textual analysis
> > level.  Especially if markup is required.
> Rich Persaud wrote:
> > See also current search engine work from NEC Research:
> >
> >     http://www.nature.com/nsu/020304/020304-8.html
> >     http://webselforganization.com/example.html
> >     http://webselforganization.com
> Sychronicity! I've just been reading Nexus -- a fascinating non-mathematical
> discussion of the properties of networks. The first paper shows they are
> taking advantage of their cardinal property -- the fact that they group
> themselves into multiple dense clusters.
> That inspection algorithm could be the key to finding the right context for
> a search. For example, if I search on "shoe installation", the search might
> yield multiple clusters, centered around:
>      * automobile brake shoes
>      * motorcycle brake shoes
>      * bicycle brake shoes
>      * "shoes" in mechanical devices
>      * shoe stores
>      * Hanging large wooden signs
> Suddenly, "more like this" takes on an entirely new meaning. At Google's
> site, "more like this" means "more pages from the same server". But if a
> single representative page for each of the above groups were delivered
> (say, the most frequently linked page in each group), then "more like this"
> would mean, "expand this subgroup and show me all the pages in it".
> What's fascinating about that is that network properties can be exploited
> to identify categories, *without* having to label them or add metadata to
> the web.
>    (03)