A Stop List for General Text

  title={A Stop List for General Text},
  author={Christopher J. Fox},
  journal={SIGIR Forum},
A stop list, or negative dictionary is a device used in automatic indexing to filter out words that would make poor index terms. Traditionally stop lists are supposed to have included only the most frequently occurring words. In practice, however, stop lists have tended to include infrequently occurring words, and have not included many frequently occurring words. Infrequently occurring words seem to have been included because stop list compilers have not, for whatever reason, consulted… CONTINUE READING
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