A discussion of the problems and prospects for automatic information retrieval systems. Weighted index tags allow for computing a measure of relevance to an information request. Statistical techniques aid in automatically relating and associating documents on the basis of their subject content. However, further strides should be made (1) in allowing the machine to identify documents on the basis of its "knowledge" of the complete text and (2) in a better understanding of the processes that lie behind intelligent problem solving.
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