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"This is the best index I have ever seen in a computer book.
—Author

There are many formatting and style options available for indexes. The density of the index is usually the first thing to consider in decisions on style. An average index has three to five entries per printed page, and a light index only one to two. A detailed index typically has from six to nine per page, and an exhaustive index will have ten or more.

The categories here describe some of the most common options that need to be considered. Looking at examples of each of these options often helps in understanding which options are appropriate your project.

Run-in format

Bias: length bias, 76, 109110; non-random error, 75, 88; parameter uncertainty and, 231; recall bias, 100, 288289; systemic bias, 57, 75, 161; as type of error, 5657

Indented format

Bias:

length bias, 76, 109110
non-random error, 75, 88
parameter uncertainty and, 231
recall bias, 100, 288289
systemic bias, 57, 75, 161
as type of error, 5657

Letter-by-letter sorting

database
data selection
data type
Newark
newspaper
New York

Word-by-word sorting

data selection
data type
database
New York
Newark
newspaper

Main heading lowercase unless proper noun

database
data selection
data type
Newark
newspaper
New York

Inital capital for main heading

Data selection
Data type
Database
New York
Newark
Newspaper

Elided (abbreviated) page locators (one option)

Bias:

length bias, 76, 10910
recall bias, 100, 2889
as type of error, 567

Full page locators

Bias:

length bias, 76, 109110
recall bias, 100, 288289
as type of error, 5657

Cross-reference locations

cars. See also automobile production

history of 100, 2889
types of, 76, 10910

cars

history of 100, 2889
types of, 76, 10910
See also automobile production

cars

See also automobile production
history of 100, 2889
types of, 76, 10910

Cross-reference styles and punctuation

cars. See automobiles

automobiles (see cars)

Motorized vehicles, see Cars

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