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Geraci F., Maggini M., Pellegrini M., Sebastiani F. Cluster generation and cluster labelling for Web snippets. In: 13th International Symposium on String Processing and Information Retrieval (SPIRE'06) (Glasgow, UK, 11-13 October, 2006). Proceedings, pp. 25 - 36. F. Crestani, P. Ferragina, and M. Sanderson (eds.). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4209). Springer Verlag, 2006.
 
 
Abstract
(English)
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 user with 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 kcenter 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 the Open 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.
URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/m21664041px15511/fulltext.pdf
Subject Clustering
Search engines
Snippet clustering
Cluster labelling
I.2.6 Learning
H.3.3 Information Search and Retrieval


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