Quiros, Edgardo B.
December 2002
Journal of Philippine Librarianship;2002, Vol. 23 Issue 1/2, p29
Academic Journal
The article presents information on categorization behavior of medical doctors and non-medical professional. Recent research efforts about information behavior, searching, and perception of users to improve the indexing process are widening. Categorization is a mental function that determines if a specific instance is a member of a concept or if one particular concept is a subset of another. Studies in categorization were able to compare experts to non-experts and how an average individual perceived concepts. Categorization studies also show insights into human concept perception and cognitive processes. Understanding how medical doctors categorize could give insights into how educational background contributes to perception of concepts. In indexing medical documents, categorization behavior of medical doctors when compared to that of non-medical professionals could provide some data pertaining to the importance of medical education among prospective medical indexers. The study aimed to determine how medical doctors and non- medical professionals, both without indexing experience, assign medical and non-medical journal articles into 44 artificial categories


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