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THESUS, a closer view on Web content management enhanced with link semantics

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4 Author(s)
Varlamis, I. ; Dept. of Informatics, Athens Univ. of Econ. & Bus., Greece ; Vazirgiannis, M. ; Halkidi, M. ; Nguyen, B.

With the unstoppable growth of the world wide Web, the great success of Web search engines, such as Google and AltaVista, users now turn to the Web whenever looking for information. However, many users are neophytes when it comes to computer science, yet they are often specialists of a certain domain. These users would like to add more semantics to guide their search through world wide Web material, whereas currently most search features are based on raw lexical content. We show how the use of the incoming links of a page can be used efficiently to classify a page in a concise manner. This enhances the browsing and querying of Web pages. We focus on the tools needed in order to manage the links and their semantics. We further process these links using a hierarchy of concepts, akin to an ontology, and a thesaurus. This work is demonstrated by an prototype system, called THESUS, that organizes thematic Web documents into semantic clusters. Our contributions are the following: 1) a model and language to exploit link semantics information, 2) the THESUS prototype system, 3) its innovative aspects and algorithms, more specifically, the novel similarity measure between Web documents applied to different clustering schemes (DB-Scan and COBWEB), and 4) a thorough experimental evaluation proving the value of our approach.

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Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 6 )