When text authors lived using undated citations

Dror Mughaz, Yaakov Hacohen-Kerner, Dov Gabbay

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In this research, we identify the era in which the author of the given document(s) lived. For rabbinic documents written in Hebrew-Aramaic, which are usually undated and do not contain any bibliographic section, this problem is important. The aim of this research is to find in which years an author was born and died, based on his documents and the documents of dated authors who refer to the author under discussion or are mentioned by him. Such estimates can help determine the time era in which specific documents were written and in some cases identify an anonymous author. We have formulated various types of "iron-clad", heuristic and greedy constraints defining the birth and death years. Experiments applied on corpora containing texts authored by 12 and 24 rabbinic authors show reasonable results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidisciplinary Information Retrieval - 7th Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2014, Proceedings
EditorsDavid Lamas, Paul Buitelaar
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319129785
StatePublished - 2014
Event7th Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2014 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 10 Nov 201412 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2014

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© 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


  • Citation analysis
  • Hebrew
  • Hebrew-Aramaic documents
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Time analysis
  • Undated citations
  • Undated documents


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