Neck Pain in MEDLINE and MeSH: Charting the semantic relationship of a MeSH term to article title words
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The study outlined here aims at tracing the semantic interrelationship of two activities, that of the author with her title words and the indexer with his MeSH vocabulary. The study begins by quantifying and analyzing the duplication or non-duplication of “neck pain” and its variants appearing as article title words for a set of records in which Neck Pain also appears as a MeSH Major Topic. By closely and quantitatively assessing the varying strength of the semantic relationship between title words and the MeSH term, we hope to gain insight into the thorniness of the aboutness problem, and arrive at a fuller appreciation of both the value and limitations of MeSH and other systems of controlled vocabulary.