> -----Original Message-----
> From: SRU (Search and Retrieve Via URL) Implementors
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> On Behalf Of Peter Noerr
> Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 11:56 AM
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> Subject: Re: federated search
> > Rob is adding another level of complexity often known as a centroid.
> > Matthew
> I've never heard this function called a 'centroid' before. "Database
> discovery" or similar or even "index concatenation", but no
> you have a reference? Or will I have to do a metasearch for it?
Yep, centroid is the word for the collection of index terms that
describe the records in a database. I first ran into it in Chris
Weider's Whois++ work.
"The centroid of a server is comprised of a list of the templates and
attributes used by that server, and a word list for each attribute.
The word list for a given attribute contains one occurrence of every
word which appears at least once in that attribute in some record in
that server's data, and nothing else."