LINGUIST List 12.185

Thu Jan 25 2001

Qs: Adaptive IR Systems, Irish Ogham Alphabet

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  1. Julita Vassileva, Adaptive IR systems: online systems and papers?
  2. Sean A. Day, Ogham alphabet

Message 1: Adaptive IR systems: online systems and papers?

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 14:21:33 -0600
From: Julita Vassileva <>
Subject: Adaptive IR systems: online systems and papers?


I am teaching a grad. IR course this semester and 1/3 of it will be
devoted to adaptive IR. I have a whole list of papers for the
students to read - but:

- few papers are available online on the Web
- there are almost no real examples of adapive IR that the students
can simply try online

This is discouraging for such a well-grounded and active area -
especially in the prospect of having a whole workshop on the topic at

Please, if you are aware about systems/papers that could be accessed
online, send me the URLs. I will summarize the answers to the
maillist after Feb 10.


Peter Brusilovsky

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Prof. Peter Brusilovsky
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
135 North Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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Message 2: Ogham alphabet

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 17:47:36 +0800
From: Sean A. Day <>
Subject: Ogham alphabet


I am doing research regarding the Irish Ogham alphabet. I have already found
information regarding most of its history, as well as that of the tree
associations. However, in Robert Grave's *The White Goddess*, as well as in
many other more "occult" books regarding runic lore, there are references to the
letters being associated with colors. I have listings of these color
associations from the various references. However, I have little information as
to the history of these color associations, or where and when they emerged. Any
assistance regarding the history of these colored letter associations would be
greatly appreciated.

Sean A. Day
Dept. of English
National Central University
Chungli, Taiwan 32054
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