Title

Web classification of conceptual entities using co-training

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Social networking websites, which profile objects with predefined attributes and their relationships, often rely heavily on their users to contribute the required information. We, however, have observed that many web pages are actually created collectively according to the composition of some physical or abstract entity, e.g., company, people, and event. Furthermore, users often like to organize pages into conceptual categories for better search and retrieval, making it feasible to extract relevant attributes and relationships from the web. Given a set of entities each consisting of a set of web pages, we name the task of assigning pages to the corresponding conceptual categories conceptual web classification. To address this, we propose an entity-based co-training (EcT) algorithm which learns from the unlabeled examples to boost its performance. Different from existing co-training algorithms, EcT has taken into account the entity semantics hidden in web pages and requires no prior knowledge about the underlying class distribution which is crucial in standard co-training algorithms used in web classification. In our experiments, we evaluated EcT, standard co-training, and other three non co-training learning methods on Conf-425 dataset. Both EcT and co-training performed well when compared to the baseline methods that required large amount of training examples.

Keywords

Conceptual web classification, Co-training, Web classification

Discipline

Communication Technology and New Media | Databases and Information Systems

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

Expert Systems with Applications

Volume

38

Issue

12

First Page

14367

Last Page

14375

ISSN

0957-4174

Identifier

10.1016/j.eswa.2011.03.010

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2011.03.010