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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: facet optimizing
Date Thu, 08 Feb 2007 03:37:42 GMT
Yonik - I like the way you think!!!!


It's turtles (err, trees) all the way down.

	/me Pulling the Algorithms book off my shelf so I can vaguely follow  

On Feb 7, 2007, at 8:22 PM, Yonik Seeley wrote:

> On 2/7/07, Binkley, Peter <> wrote:
>> In the library subject heading context, I wonder if a layered  
>> approach
>> would bring performance into the acceptable range. Since Library of
>> Congress Subject Headings break into standard parts, you could have
>> first-tier facets representing the main heading, second-tier  
>> facets with
>> the main heading and first subdivision, etc. So to extract the  
>> subject
>> headings from a given result set, you'd first test all the first-tier
>> facets like "Body, Human", then where warranted test the associated
>> second-tier facets like "Body, Human--Social aspects.".
> Yes... we've had discussions about hierarchical facets in the past,
> but more focused on organization/presentation than performance:
> Which got me thinking... if we could use hierarchical facets to speed
> up faceting, then we should also be able to use the same type of
> strategy for non-hierarchical facets!
> We could create a facet-tree, where sets at parent nodes are the union
> of the child sets.
> This should allow one to more quickly zoom into where higher counts
> are concentrated, without necessitating storing all the facets.
> One could control the space/time tradeoff with the branching factor  
> of the tree.
> -Yonik

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