Key phrases are all about being informative!

A key phrase is defined as a meaningful and significant expression consisting of one or more words in a document. For example a keyword "information" is very general while phrases "information overload" and further "information overload syndrome" provide much better understanding.
Appropriately, key phrases serve as a highly condensed summary for a document, and they are used as contextual labels to supplement the title or they can be highlighted within the body of the document to facilitate users’ fast browsing and reading.
Key phrases are usually manually assigned by authors, especially for journals,  conference articles or back-of-the book indexes.  However, the vast majority of documents such as news, magazine articles, web pages do not provide key phrases because the manual effort of assigning key phrases is too expensive. Therefore it is useful to automatically extract key phrases from web pages to accompany the main content of the document.
Key phrases are all about being informative!
Informativeness tells us how well a phrase captures or illustrates the key ideas.  Practice shows that users prefer using key phrases in their searches because they are getting more accurate results.
Because informativeness depends on the background information – the context – the more context we have  the better is our understanding.
Context plays crucial role in rapid information analysis and synthesis. Software tools, such as Context Organizer,  that specialize in spotlighting the key phrases provide a convenient shorthand for researchers and writers.
Context Organizer immediately focuses on the essential information and helps with rapid reviews of large number of documents in short time. Quick reviews of the key phrases with relevant context provide practical clues as to the usefulness of the information.



 * This mind map was produced using Context Organizer for MindManager

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About Henry

Hi, I’m Henry Lewkowicz and I’m the CEO of Context Discovery Inc. For long time I have been interested in the importance of context in understanding information. Intuitively we recognize the meaning of context when we say “you took my words out of context”. This phrase vividly signifies how much we care about our intentions and point of view. I believe that in the Internet age context plays a big role in rapid understanding of information. I’ll go on the record and say that in fact seeing information in context dramatically speeds understanding and simplifies application of information. In this blog I hope to have a lively dialog with you on a range of subjects related to context, information overload, knowledge, learning and other fun topics. In the course of doing it I will be using our own application, Context Organizer, as an experiment in capturing in 1 sentence what bloggers and other writers publish. I hope that we all will have some fun with it and learn more about communicating. Although this is primarily a technology and business blog, to great degree it's also my personal blog. From time to time, amongst the customary posts, I will write about issues that I passionately care about, my travels, and photos that I've taken. Periodically I refer to my family or friends, and sometimes you even see my vacation photos. I hope to make lots of new friends and learn a great deal in the process. Life is too short…. Enjoy, and feel free to write to me.
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