Inter-indexer consistency (IIC) in a Persian context
Abstract:The author describes research he has carried out to assess the consistency (IIC) between pairs of indexers working on a collection of 111 Persian articles, using the Hooper, Rolling and cosine evaluation measures. By and large the IIC scores have been very low. He asks why this should be so, and to remedy the problem recommends better selection and training of indexers, better work conditions, and a collaborative approach to the task. He also points to the possibility that automatic indexing may offer a way forward.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2010
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