Robert R. Korfhage
|Robert Roy Korfhage|
|Born||2 December 1930
Fulton, Oswego County, New York
|Institutions||North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Southern Methodist University, University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Doctoral advisor||Bernard Galler|
|Known for||information retrieval|
Robert Roy Korfhage (December 2, 1930 – November 20, 1998) was an American computer scientist, famous for his contributions to information retrieval and several textbooks.
He was son of Dr. Roy Korfhage who as a chemist at Nestlé in Fulton, Oswego County, New York. Korfhage got his bachelors (1952) in engineering mathematics at University of Michigan, while working part-time at United Aircraft and Transport Corporation in East Hartford as programmer. At the same university, he got masters and Ph.D. (1962) in mathematics, his PhD dissertation being On Systems of Distinct Representatives for Several Collections of Sets advised by Bernard Galler (1962). Korfhage then joined the faculty at North Carolina State University (1962–64), Purdue University (1964–70), Southern Methodist University (1970–86) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences (1986–98). Korfhage's research focused on graph theory and information retrieval, and he wrote several textbooks and edited several collections in his area. In his later years, he worked on new ways of information visualization and also genetic algorithms to optimize text queries.
- Robert Korfhage (1966). Logic and algorithms. Wiley.
- Robert Korfhage and Harley Flanders (1970). Calculus. Academic Press.
- A second course in calculus (Academic Press, 1974). With Harley Flanders and Justin Jesse Price
- Discrete computational structures (Academic Press, 1984)
- Principles of data structures and algorithms with Pascal (William C. Brown Publ., 1987). With Norman E. Gibbs.
- Information storage and retrieval (Wiley, 1997). Winner of ASIS Best information science book award (1998).
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