Index

Definition(s)

  • A list of all words in a database (coded or full text) that is used by the software to provide fast access to information. Rather than search the entire database for a word or phrase when a query is built, the software searches the index instead. 1
  • Output from a database such as an index to exhibits or documents responsive to a discovery request. 2
  • (n.) In database design, a list of keys (or keywords), each of which identifies a unique record. Indices make it faster to find specific records and to sort records by the index field — that is, the field used to identify each record. 3
  • (v.) To create an index for a database, or to find records using an index. 4
  • Creating a set of rules and data files which define scanned document sets and allow easy and complete retrieval. 5
  • A list of Keywords in which each Keyword is accompanied by a list of the Documents (and sometimes the positions within the Documents) where it occurs. Manual indices have been used in books for centuries; automatic indices are used in Information Retrieval systems to identify Documents that contain particular Search Terms. 6

See Also

Notes

  1. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  2. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  3. Fenwick & West LLP, FWPS eDiscovery Terminology (11/6/2005). Citing Webopedia Computer Dictionary, http://www.pcwebopedia.com/TERM/I/FTP.html.
  4. Fenwick & West LLP, FWPS eDiscovery Terminology (11/6/2005). Citing Webopedia Computer Dictionary, http://www.pcwebopedia.com/TERM/I/FTP.html.
  5. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
  6. Maura R. Grossman and Gordon V. Cormack, EDRM page & The Grossman-Cormack Glossary of Technology-Assisted Review, with Foreword by John M. Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge2013 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 7 (January 2013).