The Vision for CatholicFind.com.

The vision is that anyone seeking to learn a Catholic understanding of any aspect of the Christian faith may come to www.CatholicFind.com and find readily meaningful content directly related to what is sought.

This site is offered as an exercise in gratitude for the richness and beauty that we have found in the Roman Catholic sacramental life. It is intended for teachers and students, researchers, Protestant clergy considering the Church, cradle Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics -- in short, for anyone who wishes to learn.

A vision for research and learning:

Marpex Inc. is in the process of integrating all its products and services under the brand name MarpX. That happens to be a neat acronym for what our integrated technologies do: Mine And Research Precisely in teXt.

Think of it as knowledge discovery through text data mining. We believe our system is the ultimate in text research, because of its high precision accuracy. You have even control of how precise; combinations where themes or words are not close together are discarded, and you can tighten the precision even more by setting exactly how close (anywhere from 99 down to zero words apart).

Others provide the text content. We provide the software for knowledge discovery.

These tools are not fully available today. They are part of a vision. We are closing in on these capabilities, across collections that are equivalent to bookrooms and soon entire groups of libraries.

The heart of this system is text data mining, primarily on line, but also on personal computers. For example, visualize yourself trying to discover helpful information at a web site or an Intranet site. These options might be offered to you:

  1. Select a combination of themes (example, light and darkness in the writings of Shakespeare).
  2. Concept search: Paste in a paragraph, asking the system to give you related content from the web site's data, with the selected sections ranked from best match to merely good quality matches.
  3. Theme scores: Select a portion of the data available, and ask that it be scored for the presence and strength of a variety of themes. Example: Select HR 4872, The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, and score its strength on military, economic, and financial themes.
  4. Fielded filtering: Select a body of four million patents, request date ranges, perhaps geographic locations, and ask for occurrences of a variety of terms in the Claims sections, filtered by how close together the terms appear.
In the case of thematic scores, the response is a simple list, which can be used to suggest combinations of themes for further research. In all other cases, you receive a bookshelf size collection which is a subset of the original. In that subset, the theme-related words are highlighted in color -- a different color for each theme. You can read, browse, search, or data mine more deeply in the subset.

Do you see value in research and learning tools as described above? Think CatholicFind and people learning about the Christian faith. Think also of research needs in businesses, government, schools, and universities. Your comments would be welcome.

Douglas Lowry
Professor of Business and Marketing (ret.)
Franciscan University of Steubenville