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From: Christopher Cieri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Are these stories on topic ?
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 19:21:56 -0500
Responding to Sreenivasa Sista's questions, I agree with James Allan
that the rules of interpretation admit the first story
(APW19980318.1732) since it discusses the inauguration. The second
(VOA19980316.2100.0500) does discuss the parliamentary elections even if
to say that Minister Ghandi did not participate: "Minister, Rajiv
Ghandi, did not run for a parliamentary seat in the recent elections."
The third (VOA19980320.2100.1461) is more tricky. If we had limited
ourselves to identifying stories about the particular *event* "India
Parliamentary Elections" then this should have been excluded. However,
TDT2 *topics* are meant to be considerably more inclusive. I will ask
the annotation crew to provide their reactions.
James Allan wrote:
> Getting these judgements to the point that everyone will agree is not
> a useful task. We should focus on removing the obviously incorrect
> judgements (for example, those off-by-one errors). Things that are
> close but not quite right (in my view) are probably also right but
> almost wrong (in someone else's view). Ultimately, relevance is
> subjective and that is particularly true in the finer points.
> But on to your stories.....
> > Here are some stories on topic 39 "Indian Parliamentary Elections",
> > which are said to be on-topic (in the topic-relevance table).
> > I feel that they are off-topic stories. Please let me know if they are
> > really on-topic.
> > 1) This story is about the Prime Minister taking the oath. (nothing
> > to do with the parliamentary election).
> It's an election, so the rule of interpretation is:
> 1. Elections: Examples - New people in office, new public officials,
> change in governments or parliaments (in other countries), voter
> scandals. The event might be the confirmation of a new person into
> office, the activity around voting in a particular place and time, the
> opposing parties' or peoples' campaigns, or the election results. The
> topic would be the entire process, nominations, campaigns, elections,
> voting, ceremonies of inauguration.
> It appears to me that the inauguration is appropriate by the rule of
> interpretation. (Which you could object to, but that's not the
> objection you gave.) I think this one is on point.
> > 2. This is about one party in India and its president (not about the
> > parliamentary election).
> It refers to a result of the election. It may be a bit dicey, but
> it's okay by me.
> > 3) This is about the finance minister of India, and the stability of
> > the Indian currency (again not related to the parliamentary elections).
> I agree that this one is marginal. It's about the election only to
> the extent that the finance minister is new because he was just
> -- james
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