LINGUIST List 14.3402

Tue Dec 9 2003

Sum: Table Query

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  1. Anna-Malin Karlsson, Table query

Message 1: Table query

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2003 11:51:00 -0500 (EST)
From: Anna-Malin Karlsson <>
Subject: Table query

Thank you Richard Sproat, Galina Bolden and George Nagy for responding
to my query about research on tables! This is a compilation of the
answers. There were several papers by Jianying Hu, Gordon Wilfong and Dan
Lopresti at Bell Labs on the structure of tables. Also some earlier
work by Shona Douglas and others at Edinburgh. (Richard Sproat)

[Y]ou might want to take a look at the recent work of Charles
Goodwin. Some of the articles (e.g., 1994 ''Professional Vision.''
American Anthropologist 96(3):\ 606-33.) deal with the Munsell chart
(for color classification) as well as other visual representations of
information. Here is his website: Also, Edwin
Hutchins' 1995 book ''Cognition in the wild'' (about ship navigation)
deals with various maps, and may be helpful as well (Galina Bolden).

And finally, a number of references from George Nagy: 

Xinxin WANG: Tabular Abstraction, Editing, and Formatting. (Diss.)
University of Waterloo, Ont, Canada. 1996.

D. Lopresti and G. Nagy, Automated table processing: an (opinionated)
survey, Procs. IAPR Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC99), Jaipur,
Sept. 1999, pp. 109-134 (probably ''out of print'').

D. Lopresti and G. Nagy, A Tabular Survey of Table Processing, in
Graphics Recognition -- Recent Advances (ed. A. K. Chhabra,
D. Dori), Springer Verlag LNCS #1941, pp. 93-120, 2000.

D. Lopresti and G. Nagy, Issues in ground-truthing graphic documents,
Procs. IAPR Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC '01), 59-72, CIS
Department, Queens University, Kingston, Ont. Sept. 2001.

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