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QANALYSIS A METHODOLOGY FOR LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

QANALYSIS A METHODOLOGY FOR LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE Qanalysis is a methodology for investigating a wide range of structural phenomena. Structures are defined in terms of relations between members of sets and their salient features are revealed using techniques of algebraic topology. However, the basic method can be mastered by nonmathematicians. Qanalysis has been applied to problems as diverse as discovering the rules for the diagnosis of a rare disease and the study of tactics in a football match. Other applications include some of interest to librarians and information scientists. In bibliometrics, Qanalysis has proved capable of emulating techniques such as bibliographic coupling, cocitation analysis and coword analysis. It has also been used to produce a classification scheme for television programmes based on different principles from most bibliographic classifications. This paper introduces the basic ideas of Qanalysis. Applications relevant to librarianship and information science are reviewed and present limitations of the approach described. New theoretical advances including some in other fields such as planning and design theory and artificial intelligence may lead to a still more powerful method of investigating structure. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Documentation Emerald Publishing

QANALYSIS A METHODOLOGY FOR LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Journal of Documentation , Volume 41 (4): 26 – Apr 1, 1985

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0022-0418
DOI
10.1108/eb026782
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Abstract

Qanalysis is a methodology for investigating a wide range of structural phenomena. Structures are defined in terms of relations between members of sets and their salient features are revealed using techniques of algebraic topology. However, the basic method can be mastered by nonmathematicians. Qanalysis has been applied to problems as diverse as discovering the rules for the diagnosis of a rare disease and the study of tactics in a football match. Other applications include some of interest to librarians and information scientists. In bibliometrics, Qanalysis has proved capable of emulating techniques such as bibliographic coupling, cocitation analysis and coword analysis. It has also been used to produce a classification scheme for television programmes based on different principles from most bibliographic classifications. This paper introduces the basic ideas of Qanalysis. Applications relevant to librarianship and information science are reviewed and present limitations of the approach described. New theoretical advances including some in other fields such as planning and design theory and artificial intelligence may lead to a still more powerful method of investigating structure.

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Journal of DocumentationEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1985

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