Controlled vocabulary

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Controlled vocabularies provide a way to organize knowledge for subsequent retrieval. They are used in subject indexing schemes, subject headings, thesauri and taxonomies. Controlled vocabulary schemes mandate the use of predefined, authorised terms that have been preselected by the designer of the vocabulary, in contrast to natural language vocabularies, where there is no restriction on the vocabulary.

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IndexingAutomatic indexing is the ability for a computer to scan large volumes of documents against a controlled vocabulary, taxonomy, thesaurus or ontology and use those controlled terms to quickly and effectively index large document depositories. As the number of documents exponentially increases ...

Broader terms:
08.01.01 General concepts, Knowledge engineering

Narrower terms:
Controlled vocabulary parts, Controlled vocabulary types, Subject heading

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