The Search for Structure and the Search for Meaning

David Dubin


Statistical approaches to classification emphasize apprehension of structure by an analyst in a group of records. but issues of meaning and semantics are important. despite the focus on structure and algorithms. If meaning and semantics guide formal approaches to classification, can an understanding of structure in a collection of records inform the development of a semantic classification scheme? Data viSualization tools can help human analysts recognize structure and pattern in text and numeric data.

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