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Effective retrieval of resources in folksonomies using a new tag similarity measure

Quattrone, G; Capra, L; De Meo, P; Ferrara, E; Ursino, D; (2011) Effective retrieval of resources in folksonomies using a new tag similarity measure. In: International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings. (pp. 545 - 550).

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Abstract

Social (or folksonomic) tagging has become a very popular way to describe content within Web 2.0 websites. However, as tags are informally defined, continually changing, and ungoverned, it has often been criticised for lowering, rather than increasing, the efficiency of searching. To address this issue, a variety of approaches have been proposed that recommend users what tags to use, both when labeling and when looking for resources. These techniques work well in dense folksonomies, but they fail to do so when tag usage exhibits a power law distribution, as it often happens in real-life folksonomies. To tackle this issue, we propose an approach that induces the creation of a dense folksonomy, in a fully automatic and transparent way: when users label resources, an innovative tag similarity metric is deployed, so to enrich the chosen tag set with related tags already present in the folksonomy. The proposed metric, which represents the core of our approach, is based on the mutual reinforcement principle. Our experimental evaluation proves that the accuracy and coverage of searches guaranteed by our metric are higher than those achieved by applying classical metrics. © 2011 ACM.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Effective retrieval of resources in folksonomies using a new tag similarity measure
DOI:10.1145/2063576.2063657
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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