Retrieval of Chinese language titles in Pinyin: A comparative study

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This study attempts to investigate the Pinyin retrieval of Chinese language materials within online catalog data-bases. The Peking University Library (PKUL) database is studied in comparison with those of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN). It is found that both title-keyword and known-title searches at PKUL yield better results because of its fundamental difference in retrieving bibliographic records in Pinyin. It adopts a non-segmented string match in retrieval. In so doing, it greatly raises the precision rate without negatively affecting the recall rate, and bypasses the controversy over, and potential human errors in, word division in cataloging and retrieving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalInformation Technology and Libraries
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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