Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Karen Spärck Jones
Born: August 26, 1935, in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
Death: April 4, 2007 (Age: 71)
- British computer scientist and Professor of Computers and Information at Cambridge's Computer Laboratory.
- Main research interests, since the late 1950s, were natural language processing and information retrieval.
- One of her most important contributions was the concept of inverse document frequency (IDF) weighting in information retrieval, which she introduced in a 1972 paper. IDF is used in most search engines today, usually as part of the tf-idf weighting scheme.
- Semantic Primitives: the tip of the iceberg (2007).
Honors and awards
- ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award (2007).
- BCS Lovelace Medal (2007).
- ACL Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).
- ASIS&T Award of Merit (2002).
- Gerard Salton Award (1988).
"To be a proper professional you need to think about the context and motivation and justifications of what you're doing."