A Simple Scheme for Book Classification Using Wikipedia

  • Andromeda Yelton


Because the rate at which documents are being generated outstrips librarians’ ability to catalog them, an accurate, automated scheme of subject classification is desirable. However, simplistic word-counting schemes miss many important concepts; librarians must enrich algorithms with background knowledge to escape basic problems such as polysemy and synonymy. I have developed a script that uses Wikipedia as context for analyzing the subjects of nonfiction books. Though a simple method built quickly from freely available parts, it is partially successful, suggesting the promise of such an approach for future research.

How to Cite
Yelton, A. (2011). A Simple Scheme for Book Classification Using Wikipedia. Information Technology and Libraries, 30(1), 7-15. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v30i1.3040