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Title:Object search: supporting structured queries in web search engines
Author(s):Pham, Cuong K.
Advisor(s):Chang, Kevin C-C.
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
web search engines
learning to rank
information retrieval
structured query
object search
Abstract:As the web evolves, increasing quantities of structured information is embedded in web pages in disparate formats. For example, a digital camera’s description may include its price and megapixels whereas a professor’s description may include her name, university, and research interests. Both types of pages may include additional ambiguous information. General search engines (GSEs) do not support queries over these types of data because they ignore the web document semantics. Conversely, describing requisite semantics through structured queries into databases populated by information extraction (IE) techniques are expensive and not easily adaptable to new domains. This paper describes a methodology for rapidly developing search engines capable of answering structured queries over unstructured corpora by utilizing machine learning to avoid explicit IE. We empirically show that with minimum additional human effort, our system outperforms a GSE with respect to structured queries with clear object semantics.
Issue Date:2010-08-20
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 by Cuong Kim Pham. All rights reserved.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-20
Date Deposited:2010-08

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