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Title: An investigation to study the feasibility of on-line bibliographic information retrieval system using an APP
Authors: Dattagupta, Rana
Advisors: Lea, RM
Keywords: Information retrieval system;Associative parallel processor;Bibliographic searching;Retrospective searches
Issue Date: 1977
Publisher: Brunel University, School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics
Abstract: This thesis reports an investigation on the feasibility study of a searching mechanism using an APP suitable for an on-line bibliographic retrieval, operation, especially for retrospective searches. From the study of the searching methods used in the conventional systems it is seen that elaborate file- and data- structures are introduced to improve the response time of the system. These consequently lead to software and hardware redundancies. To mask these complexities of the system an expensive computer with higher capabilities and more powerful instruction set is commonly used. Thus the service of the systen becomes cost-ineffective. On the other hand the primitive operations of a searching mechanism, such as, association, domain selection, intersection and unions, are the intrinsic features of an associative parallel processor. Therefore it is important to establish the feasibility of an APP as a cost-effective searching mechanise. In this thesis a searching mechanism using an 'ON-THE-FLY' searching technique has been proposed. The parallel search unit uses a Byte-oriented VRL-APP for efficient character string processing. At the time of undertaking this work the specification for neither the retrieval systems nor the BO-VRL APP's were well established; hence a two-phase investigation was originated. In the Phase I of the work a bottom up approach was adopted to derive a formal and precise specification for the BO-VRL-APP. During the Phase II of the work a top-down approach was opted for the implementation of the searching mechanism. An experimental research vehicle has been developed to establish the feasibility of an APP as a cost-effective searching mechanism. Although rigorous proof of the feasibility has not been obtained, the thesis establishes that the APP is well suited for on-line bibligraphic information retrieval operations where substring searches including boolean selection and threshold weights are efficiently supported.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and was awarded by Brunel University.
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