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From "bruce" <>
Subject RE: Research Question
Date Thu, 19 Mar 2009 23:28:53 GMT
hi erick/grant.. and others..

the basic issue as best i can state it is that i have an initial query, that
returns some data, along with a faculty name.

the name can be firts,last. i can also search via the web staff search
function, such that i return one or more possible faculty, who might be the
faculty for the class i'm dealing with.

in looking at this problem, i'm tempted to take a kind of statistical
approach, where i compute the terms that are listed on the faculty member's
page (division/dept/bldg/etc...) and i attempt to "correlate this, or
'match' this to the class that i'm dealing with...

my question, really, i guess, is whether anyone/someone has dealt with a
similar problem/issue before, and if so, what solution was used (if any).

pointers to any kind of research, or docs, or other resources/contacts would
be seriously helpful..


-----Original Message-----
From: Erick Erickson []
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 10:31 AM
Subject: Re: Research Question

Well, it seems that your problem, as stated, is not soluble. You've
stated that the instructors have the same name but given us no clue
as to what other information you have access to. So there's nothing
to distinguish them.

So what other information do you have about the particular instructors?
I can imagine that each instructor is a document with other information
like past degrees, department, etc and that the classes also have
some kind of metadata that could be used to correlate. But unless
you can give us some clue what information you *do* have access to,
I don't think there's much we can do to help...


On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM, bruce <> wrote:

> Hi...
> This may/may not have anything to do with Lucene/Nutch, but I figured I'd
> ask/post anyway.
> I'm working on a project, dealing with courses/classes on college sites.
> I'm
> trying to figure out how to create an automated process where I can create
> a
> process to link a given faculty member to a given class..
> The issue arises where a class will have an instructor. However, there
> might
> be multiple instructors with the same name listed in the faculty/staff
> directory for the college. I'm interested in various/different approaches
> to
> solving this issue. My hope is that someone here might have a
> pointer.reference to areas that I can examine/research to figure this
> Thanks in advance for any assistance with this issue.
> Thanks
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