Re: [unrev-II] more on faceted classification

From: Eugene Eric Kim (
Date: Thu Nov 15 2001 - 22:03:21 PST

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    On Fri, 16 Nov 2001, Alex Shapiro wrote:

    > "So What's Wrong With Taxonomies
    > Size
    > Following in the footsteps of the Dewey Decimal System, Yahoo took a
    > highly pre-coordinate approach, attempting to create controlled
    > vocabulary terms (i.e., names of categories) for every imaginable
    > subject. The result? An informal count suggests more than 67,000
    > categories in Yahoo with roughly 4 to 8 levels of hierarchy between the
    > main page and actual content. That's a lot of vocabulary to manage.
    > Portals that take this approach wind up growing an enormous category
    > structure that constrains their ability to adapt."
    > --Alex

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