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Via information extraction techniques, web pages are able to generate datasets for various studies such as natural language processing, and data mining. However, nowadays the uninformative sections like advertisement, menus, and links are in increase. The cleaning of web pages from uninformative sections, and extraction of informative content has become an important issue. In this study, we present an decision tree learning approach over DOM based features which aims to clean the uninformative sections and extract informative content in three classes: title, main content, and additional information. Through this approach, differently from previous studies, the learning model for the extraction of the main content constructed on DIV and TD tags. The proposed method achieved 95.58% accuracy in cleaning uninformative sections and extraction of the informative content. Especially for the extraction of the main block, 0.96 f-measure is obtained.
Date of Conference: 18-20 April 2012