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Journal cover: Program: electronic library and information systems

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Online from: 1966

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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PHONIX: The algorithm

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Title:PHONIX: The algorithm
Author(s):T.N. Gadd
Citation:T.N. Gadd, (1990) "PHONIX: The algorithm", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 24 Iss: 4, pp.363 - 366
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb047069 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:PHONIX is a phonetic retrieval technique developed for use with the URICA library system. It has been successfully installed at a number of URICA sites in Southern Africa. PHONIX has been found to be particularly useful when applied to personal names, specifically author surnames in the context of a library system. Certain names such as Anton Chekov have been variously transliterated as TSJECHOF, TSJECHOW, TJEKHOW, CHEKHOV, CHEKHOW etc., in the multi-lingual environment of libraries in Southern Africa. PHONIX complements the more conventional information retrieval techniques used by URICA, and the algorithm used is explained as a simple, easy to apply, set of rules. This contribution follows on from a previous paper.

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