Bar-Hillel, Y.

The mechanization of literature searching


Secondly, he might spend too much time on reading irrelevant material. Or rather, how does one set up a set of buttons so that, through selection of an appropriate subset of these buttons, the list of relevant references will be presented? We are now back to the bread-and-butter problem of improving extant literature searching methods and, during our preliminary discussion we seem to have entirely lost sight of the issue indicated by the first word of the title of this paper, "mechanization". Some 10 years ago, electronic computers made their sensational abut and proved themselves able to solve computational problems at speeds that were many degrees of order higher than those attainable by humans.