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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Swamping: Amazon vs WorldCat  
Walt Crawford has an excellent article in EContent, discussing the problems of swamping when searching large datasets. Amazon's look-inside-the-book function leads to searches returning many extraneous hits, as does Google, and federated searching only makes things worse. He suggests some ways that searchers can overcome swamping.


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