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Cluster Generation and Cluster Labelling for Web Snippets: A Fast and Accurate Hierarchical Solution

This paper describes Armil, a meta-search engine that groups into disjoint labelled clusters the Web snippets returned by auxiliary search engines. The cluster labels generated by Armil provide the userwith a compact guide to assessing the relevance of each cluster to her information need. Striking the right balance between running time and cluster well-formedness was a key point in the design of our system. Both the clustering and the labelling tasks are performed on the fly by processing only the snippets provided by the auxiliary search engines, and use no external sources of knowledge. Clustering is performed by means of a fast version of the furthest-point-first algorithm for metric k-center clustering. Cluster labelling is achieved by combining intra-cluster and inter-cluster term extraction based on a variant of the information gain measure.We have tested the clustering effectiveness of Armil against Vivisimo, the de facto industrial standard in Web snippet clustering, using as benchmark a comprehensive set of snippets obtained from theOpen Directory Project hierarchy. According to two widely accepted external metrics of clustering quality, Armil achieves better performance levels by 10%. We also report the results of a thorough user evaluation of both the clustering and the cluster labelling algorithms.


Autori: F. Geraci, M. Pellegrini, M. Maggini and F. Sebastiani
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Tipo: Articoli su riviste ISI
Area di disciplina: Computer Science and Engineering
In Proceedings of the 13th Symposium on String Processing and Information Retrieval (SPIRE 2006) Glasgow, UK Da pagina 25 a pagina 36

Attività: Algoritmica per tecnologie web