The role of classification in knowledge representation and discovery

Barbara H. Kwasnik

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THE LINK BETWEEN CLASSIFICATION AND KNOWLEDGE is explored. Classification schemes have properties that enable the representation of entities and relationships in structures that reflect knowledge of the domain being classified. The strengths and limitations of four classificatory approaches are described in terms of their ability to reflect, discover, and create new knowledge. These approaches are hierarchies, trees, paradigms, and faceted analysis. Examples are provided of the way in which knowledge and the classification process affect each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-47
Number of pages26
JournalLibrary Trends
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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