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Re: SWISH text analysis package and frequency analysis for bibliographic records

From: Roy Tennant <roy.tennant(at)not-real.ucop.edu>
Date: Tue Jul 15 2003 - 14:40:57 GMT
Please remember to copy michelle jenkins <michellemmu@yahoo.co.uk> on 
any response to these questions.
Roy

On Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at 04:19 AM, michelle jenkins wrote:

> Dear Mr Tennant,
>
> I am a research student at the Manchester Metropolitan
> University investigating the development of subject
> filters for the retrieval of best evidence in
> emergency medicine using the biomedical database
> MEDLINE (a bibliographic database). I am comparing a
> subjective approach (based on user's search terms)in
> developing search strategies with a more objective
> approach (using frequency analysis based on known
> records).
>
> I am currently investigating various text analysis
> packages and have come across SWISH in my reading
> (Zacks and Hersh 'Developing search strategies for
> detecting high quality reviews in a hypertext test
> collection
> http://www.amia.org/pubs/symposia/D005186.PDF).
>
> I am looking to evaluate various packages and wondered
> if you could tell me whether SWISH is capable of the
> following, since I know it can cope with full-text:
>
>
> 1. The software must be able to count the occurrence
> of each word in each record in a number of fields:
> Title
> Abstract
> Journal
> MeSH (controlled indexing terms)
>
>
> 2. The software must be able to count the record
> occurrence (the total number of unique records that
> contain each word).
>
>
> 3. The software must be able to identify frequently
> occurring phrases (ideally including hyphenated words)
> or word co-occurrence within records and fields
>
>
> 4. The software must be able to allow the import of
> MEDLINE records consisting of title, abstract, journal
> and MeSH
>
>
> 5.      The software must be able to remove stop words
> at the userís   discretion
>
> Obviously I'm hoping to evaluate the packages myself
> before deciding. Previous research has used WordStat,
> the bibliographic software Idealist and SWISH in a
> hpertext/fulltext environemnt. One of the major
> limitations of these packages was their inability to
> analyse phrases (mutli-term controlled vocabulary).
>
> If you can help to answer any of the above enquiries
> I'd be most grateful.
>
> Regards,
> Michelle
>
>
>
> Michelle Jenkins
> Research Student
> Dept Information and Communications
> Manchester Metropolitan University
> UK
> Tel: 0161 276 5071
> Fax: 0161 276 6925
>
> =====
> Michelle Jenkins
> Research Student
> Dept Information and Communications
> Manchester Metropolitan University
> UK
> Tel: 0161 276 5071
> Fax: 0161 276 6925
>
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Received on Tue Jul 15 14:41:18 2003