Classification project: The Problem of Assignment

modlib at modlib at
Thu Sep 29 13:43:44 EDT 2005

Hi Scot,

I'd be interested in seeing it progress day by day.

Relative to the Greek example, I thought you were going to put books in multiple categories when appropriate.  For example, Oregon Trail would go in both the History category and the Western category.

I don't think there should be any hesitation to give more than one classification.  In fact, it would be a disservice to not multi-classify.


> Folks,
> In working on the Classification Project (which I'm really enjoying,  
> by the way), it becomes quickly apparent that some books are not  
> easily assigned to a given category.
> The Greek Way discusses so many aspects of classical Greek culture   
> -- is it History? Is it Anthropolgy? Hiroshima is at least History  
> and Biography.  On a less philosophical and more technical note, are  
> books like Gulliver's Travels novels or short story collections? And  
> that particular book could easily go into Political Satire (but  
> luckily I don't have that subcategory).
> SO the best I can do is the best I can do. I'l present the work to  
> you as a first pass, and we can discuss on this ListServ what changes  
> should be made. And certainly we'll need to make changes: I know I've  
> already got some errors; I just realized I put Dubliners as a novel,  
> and it's a collection of short stories.
> OH- while we're on the topic, do folks want to wait until I've made a  
> complete first pass, or do you want me to put it someplace where you  
> can make comments as I go along? I could toss it up on Dogeared once  
> a day, and you could check it out at your leisure. Comments?

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