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A language for implementing information retrieval software

Kevin C. O'Kane (Department of Computer Science, 219 Wright Hall, The University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls, IA 50614, USA)

Online Review

ISSN: 0309-314X

Article publication date: 1 March 1992



Information storage and retrieval (IS&R) programming is often hindered by the lack of specialized facilities in traditional computer languages. This article describes a portable programming language, derived from the C and Mumps languages and designed to meet the needs of IS&R applications. The language allows the user to deal with an IS&R database at a level of abstraction consistent with many theoretical models commonly in use. Examples from a pilot implementation of a statistically‚Äźbased retrieval system are given which demonstrate that this approach results in substantial savings in disk storage and greater coding efficiency when compared with traditional implementation techniques.


O'Kane, K.C. (1992), "A language for implementing information retrieval software", Online Review, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 127-137.




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