Indexing by numbers: is there scope for metrics in index evaluation?
Abstract:Many of us believe we can detect clear structural differences between a good analytical index and the first attempt of an untrained indexer, but are these reflected in any readily measurable quantities? In other words, can we devise parameters suitable for reliable index assessment? If so, they have proved frustratingly (or perhaps reassuringly) difficult to isolate. Readers are warned that this article comes to no useful conclusions and has no practical utility whatsoever, unless it provokes some reader to a more probing and productive analysis.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2008
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