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I am writing a thesis within Information Retrieval.

In the thesis I am evaluating retrieval within different ways of organizing document representations in spaces (axis systems).

I have a number of different types of such ways to organize document representations, to each of which I refer to as a "data organization".

Recently one of my colleagues said that it would be wrong to use the noun "organization" in plural ("organizations"), as organization has a plural for the institutional sense only. I am dependent on being able to talk about those organiztions in plural (as I compare their properties).

My question is:

1. Is it correct that "organization" has a plural for the institutionalsense only?

2. Would "Arrangements" be any better?
3. Any other suggestions

Kind regards
Michael
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Hello! I am writing a thesis within Information Retrieval. In the thesis I am evaluating retrieval within different ways of ... compare their properties). My question is: 1. Is it correct that "organization" has a plural for the institutional sense only?

Yes. Organization in the sense, "I need more organization in my life' is always in the singular, like 'information' and other words. That sis 'I need to organise my life better'.In the institutional sense there is no problem for there it means more structures/organizations rather than the 'attitude' organization.
2. Would "Arrangements" be any better? 3. Any other suggestions

You don't need any, in the sense "data (or information) organization" you'll always be in the 'singular' (collective if you like).
Yes, but he was misusing the term in "a data organization" when he meant "a data structure" or "a data arrangement" (it is a bit of a puzzle as to why "arrangement" shouldn't be open to the same sort of criticism as "organization"...)

John Briggs
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My question is: 1. Is it correct that "organization" has a plural for the institutional sense only? 2. Would "Arrangements" be any better? 3. Any other suggestions

Data organization systems ?

Blue Sow
Hello! I am writing a thesis within Information Retrieval. In the thesis I am evaluating retrieval within different ways of organizing document representations in spaces (axis systems).

In the UK, "organise" is spelled with an 's'.
There are many other differences in the way the language is used, and in the ways that we communicate between ourselves in the UK, so this is the wrong place for you to ask such a question.
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Hello! I am writing a thesis within Information Retrieval. In ... different ways of organizing document representations in spaces (axis systems).

In the UK, "organise" is spelled with an 's'.

Not always - but I always do, if only to annoy Americans :-)
John Briggs
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In the UK, "organise" is spelled with an 's'.

Not always - but I always do, if only to annoy Americans :-)

I believe that, among others, The Times, Oxford University Press and the OED prefer the "-ize" spelling. As a teacher of English as a second language I prefer the "-ise" spelling because the rules are simpler.

Regards, Einde O'Callaghan
I believe that, among others, The Times, Oxford University Press and the OED prefer the "-ize" spelling. As a teacher of English as a second language I prefer the "-ise" spelling because the rules are simpler.

All you wanted to know, and more, here:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-ise1.htm
http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxizevsi.html http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19991206

Mike Barnes
1. Is it correct that "organization" has a plural for the institutional sense only? 2. Would "Arrangements" be any better? 3. Any other suggestions

"Different schemes of data organisation", "methods of...", "patterns of...", or even the dreaded "paradigms of...", would be my choice. I take it that "data structures" would be far too specific, and you are talking about networks of interlinked data structures.

Paul Burke
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