Search thesaurus / Search aid thesaurus/End-user thesaurus
Shiri; Revie & Chowdhury (2002) identified three main types of thesauri within information retrieval:
standard manually constructed thesauri (with hierarchical, equivalence and associative relationships).
searching thesauri, also referred to as end-user thesauri (enhanced with a large number of entry terms that are synonyms, quasi-synonyms or term variants which assist end-users to find alternative terms to add to their search queries).
automatically constructed thesauri
The standard thesaurus was originally intended to be used both for indexing and searching purposes. The search thesaurus is thus not a principally different kind of thesaurus.
"Whereas information retrieval had hitherto [until the rise of full-text and the Internet] relied on the indexer and the searcher following mirrored paths, both guided by a network of hierarchical associative and equivalence relationships between terms, a new type of thesaurus began to appear, called loosely a "search thesaurus". Cochrane (1992) compared the two, pointing out that the search thesaurus could be composed of the merging of thesaurus lists; a construct produced, for example, by Knapp (1984) in BRS/TERM, and which had more than a passing resemblance to Roget in that its main characteristic was the clustering of synonyms. " (Gilchrist, 2003, p. 9).
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See also: Thesaurus
Last edited: 26-07-2007