Subject index



information science
An information resource that contains references to other resources, categorised by subject, usually in a hierarchy.
Yahoo is the most popular Internet subject index. Like most other subject indices (http://yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Internet/World_Wide_Web/Searching_the_Web/Web_Directories/), Yahoo is arranged ontologically.
Subject indices are not to be confused with search engines, which are based not on subject, but instead on relevance, although (1) this difference is often (possibly rightly) hidden from the unsophisticated user, and (2) future integration of knowledge representation into relevance ranking algorithms will make this a hazy distinction.
(1997-04-09)

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  • Subjecting

    noun 1. that which forms a basic matter of thought, discussion, investigation, etc.: a subject of conversation. 2. a branch of knowledge as a course of study: He studied four subjects in his first year at college. 3. a motive, cause, or ground: a subject for complaint. 4. the theme of a sermon, book, story, […]

  • Subjection

    noun 1. the act of subjecting. 2. the state or fact of being subjected. noun 1. the act or process of subjecting or the state of being subjected



  • Subjectional

    noun 1. the act of subjecting. 2. the state or fact of being subjected. noun 1. the act or process of subjecting or the state of being subjected

  • Subjective

    adjective 1. existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to objective). 2. pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual: a subjective evaluation. 3. placing excessive emphasis on one’s own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.; unduly egocentric. 4. Philosophy. relating to or of the nature […]



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