A client side tool for contextual Web search
Author(s)Lakshmanan, Hariharan, 1980-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
John R. Williams.
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This thesis describes the design and development of an application that uses information relevant to the context of a web search for the purpose of improving the search results obtained using standard search engines. The representation of the contextual information is based on a Vector Space Model and is obtained from a set of documents that have been identified as relevant to the context of the search. Two algorithms have been developed for using this contextual representation to re-rank the search results obtained using search engines. In the first algorithm, re-ranking is done based on a comparison of every search result with all the contextual documents. In the second algorithm, only a subset of the contextual documents that relate to the search query is used to measure the relevance of the search results. This subset is identified by mapping the search query onto the Vector Space representation of the contextual documents. A software application was developed using the .NET framework with C# as the implementation language. The software has functionality to enable users to identify contextual documents and perform searches either using a standard search engine or using the above-mentioned algorithms. The software implementation details, and preliminary results regarding the efficiency of the proposed algorithms have been presented.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (p. 76-77).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering.