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TopicSensitive PageRank
, 2002
"... In the original PageRank algorithm for improving the ranking of searchquery results, a single PageRank vector is computed, using the link structure of the Web, to capture the relative "importance" of Web pages, independent of any particular search query. To yield more accurate search resu ..."
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In the original PageRank algorithm for improving the ranking of searchquery results, a single PageRank vector is computed, using the link structure of the Web, to capture the relative "importance" of Web pages, independent of any particular search query. To yield more accurate search results, we propose computing a set of PageRank vectors, biased using a set of representative topics, to capture more accurately the notion of importance with respect to a particular topic. By using these (precomputed) biased PageRank vectors to generate queryspecific importance scores for pages at query time, we show that we can generate more accurate rankings than with a single, generic PageRank vector. For ordinary keyword search queries, we compute the topicsensitive PageRank scores for pages satisfying the query using the topic of the query keywords. For searches done in context (e.g., when the search query is performed by highlighting words in a Web page), we compute the topicsensitive PageRank scores using the topic of the context in which the query appeared.
Trust management for the semantic web
 In ISWC
, 2003
"... Abstract. Though research on the Semantic Web has progressed at a steady pace, its promise has yet to be realized. One major difficulty is that, by its very nature, the Semantic Web is a large, uncensored system to which anyone may contribute. This raises the question of how much credence to give ea ..."
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Abstract. Though research on the Semantic Web has progressed at a steady pace, its promise has yet to be realized. One major difficulty is that, by its very nature, the Semantic Web is a large, uncensored system to which anyone may contribute. This raises the question of how much credence to give each source. We cannot expect each user to know the trustworthiness of each source, nor would we want to assign topdown or global credibility values due to the subjective nature of trust. We tackle this problem by employing a web of trust, in which each user provides personal trust values for a small number of other users. We compose these trusts to compute the trust a user should place in any other user in the network. A user is not assigned a single trust rank. Instead, different users may have different trust values for the same user. We define properties for combination functions which merge such trusts, and define a class of functions for which merging may be done locally while maintaining these properties. We give examples of specific functions and apply them to data from Epinions and our BibServ bibliography server. Experiments confirm that the methods are robust to noise, and do not put unreasonable expectations on users. We hope that these methods will help move the Semantic Web closer to fulfilling its promise. 1.
Topicsensitive pagerank: A contextsensitive ranking algorithm for web search
 IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
, 2003
"... Abstract—The original PageRank algorithm for improving the ranking of searchquery results computes a single vector, using the link structure of the Web, to capture the relative “importance ” of Web pages, independent of any particular search query. To yield more accurate search results, we propose ..."
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Abstract—The original PageRank algorithm for improving the ranking of searchquery results computes a single vector, using the link structure of the Web, to capture the relative “importance ” of Web pages, independent of any particular search query. To yield more accurate search results, we propose computing a set of PageRank vectors, biased using a set of representative topics, to capture more accurately the notion of importance with respect to a particular topic. For ordinary keyword search queries, we compute the topicsensitive PageRank scores for pages satisfying the query using the topic of the query keywords. For searches done in context (e.g., when the search query is performed by highlighting words in a Web page), we compute the topicsensitive PageRank scores using the topic of the context in which the query appeared. By using linear combinations of these (precomputed) biased PageRank vectors to generate contextspecific importance scores for pages at query time, we show that we can generate more accurate rankings than with a single, generic PageRank vector. We describe techniques for efficiently implementing a largescale search system based on the topicsensitive PageRank scheme. Index Terms—Web search, web graph, link analysis, PageRank, search in context, personalized search, ranking algorithm.
Authoritybased keyword search in databases
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"... The ObjectRank system applies authoritybased ranking to keyword search in databases modeled as labeled graphs. Conceptually, authority originates at the nodes (objects) containing the keywords and flows to objects according to their semantic connections. Each node is ranked according to its authori ..."
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The ObjectRank system applies authoritybased ranking to keyword search in databases modeled as labeled graphs. Conceptually, authority originates at the nodes (objects) containing the keywords and flows to objects according to their semantic connections. Each node is ranked according to its authority with respect to the particular
Deeper Inside PageRank
 INTERNET MATHEMATICS
, 2004
"... This paper serves as a companion or extension to the “Inside PageRank” paper by Bianchini et al. [Bianchini et al. 03]. It is a comprehensive survey of all issues associated with PageRank, covering the basic PageRank model, available and recommended solution methods, storage issues, existence, uniq ..."
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This paper serves as a companion or extension to the “Inside PageRank” paper by Bianchini et al. [Bianchini et al. 03]. It is a comprehensive survey of all issues associated with PageRank, covering the basic PageRank model, available and recommended solution methods, storage issues, existence, uniqueness, and convergence properties, possible alterations to the basic model, suggested alternatives to the traditional solution methods, sensitivity and conditioning, and finally the updating problem. We introduce a few new results, provide an extensive reference list, and speculate about exciting areas of future research.
Extrapolation Methods for Accelerating PageRank Computations
 In Proceedings of the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference
, 2003
"... We present a novel algorithm for the fast computation of PageRank, a hyperlinkbased estimate of the "importance" of Web pages. The original PageRank algorithm uses the Power Method to compute successive iterates that converge to the principal eigenvector of the Markov matrix representing ..."
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We present a novel algorithm for the fast computation of PageRank, a hyperlinkbased estimate of the "importance" of Web pages. The original PageRank algorithm uses the Power Method to compute successive iterates that converge to the principal eigenvector of the Markov matrix representing the Web link graph. The algorithm presented here, called Quadratic Extrapolation, accelerates the convergence of the Power Method by periodically subtracting off estimates of the nonprincipal eigenvectors from the current iterate of the Power Method. In Quadratic Extrapolation, we take advantage of the fact that the first eigenvalueof a Markov matrix is known to be 1 to compute the nonprincipal eigenvectorsusing successiveiterates of the Power Method. Empirically, we show that using Quadratic Extrapolation speeds up PageRank computation by 50300% on a Web graph of 80 million nodes, with minimal overhead.
Exploiting the Block Structure of the Web for Computing PageRank
, 2003
"... The web link graph has a nested block structure: the vast majority of hyperlinks link pages on a host to other pages on the same host, and many of those that do not link pages within the same domain. We show how to exploit this structure to speed up the computation of PageRank by a 3stage alg ..."
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The web link graph has a nested block structure: the vast majority of hyperlinks link pages on a host to other pages on the same host, and many of those that do not link pages within the same domain. We show how to exploit this structure to speed up the computation of PageRank by a 3stage algorithm whereby (1) the local PageRanks of pages for each host are computed independently using the link structure of that host, (2) these local PageRanks are then weighted by the "importance" of the corresponding host, and (3) the standard PageRank algorithm is then run using as its starting vector the weighted concatenation of the local PageRanks. Empirically, this algorithm speeds up the computation of PageRank by a factor of 2 in realistic scenarios. Further, we develop a variant of this algorithm that efficiently computes many different "personalized" PageRanks, and a variant that efficiently recomputes PageRank after node updates.
A survey on pagerank computing
 Internet Mathematics
, 2005
"... Abstract. This survey reviews the research related to PageRank computing. Components of a PageRank vector serve as authority weights for web pages independent of their textual content, solely based on the hyperlink structure of the web. PageRank is typically used as a web search ranking component. T ..."
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Abstract. This survey reviews the research related to PageRank computing. Components of a PageRank vector serve as authority weights for web pages independent of their textual content, solely based on the hyperlink structure of the web. PageRank is typically used as a web search ranking component. This defines the importance of the model and the data structures that underly PageRank processing. Computing even a single PageRank is a difficult computational task. Computing many PageRanks is a much more complex challenge. Recently, significant effort has been invested in building sets of personalized PageRank vectors. PageRank is also used in many diverse applications other than ranking. We are interested in the theoretical foundations of the PageRank formulation, in the acceleration of PageRank computing, in the effects of particular aspects of web graph structure on the optimal organization of computations, and in PageRank stability. We also review alternative models that lead to authority indices similar to PageRank and the role of such indices in applications other than web search. We also discuss linkbased search personalization and outline some aspects of PageRank infrastructure from associated measures of convergence to link preprocessing. 1.
Automatic Identification of User Interest For Personalized Search
, 2006
"... One hundred users, one hundred needs. As more and more topics are being discussed on the web and our vocabulary remains relatively stable, it is increasingly difficult to let the search engine know what we want. Coping with ambiguous queries has long been an important part in the research of Informa ..."
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One hundred users, one hundred needs. As more and more topics are being discussed on the web and our vocabulary remains relatively stable, it is increasingly difficult to let the search engine know what we want. Coping with ambiguous queries has long been an important part in the research of Information Retrieval, but still remains to be a challenging task. Personalized search has recently got significant attention to address this challenge in the web search community, based on the premise that a user’s general preference may help the search engine disambiguate the true intention of a query. However, studies have shown that users are reluctant to provide any explicit input on their personal preference. In this paper, we study how a search engine can learn a user’s preference automatically based on her past click history and how it can use the user preference to personalize search results. Our experiments show that users’ preferences can be learned accurately even from small clickhistory data and personalized search based on user preference yields significant improvements over the best existing ranking mechanism in the literature.
Towards scaling fully personalized PageRank
 In Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Algorithms and Models for the WebGraph (WAW
, 2004
"... Abstract Personalized PageRank expresses backlinkbased page quality around userselected pages in a similar way as PageRank expresses quality over the entire Web. Existing personalized PageRank algorithms can however serve online queries only for a restricted choice of page selection. In this pape ..."
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Abstract Personalized PageRank expresses backlinkbased page quality around userselected pages in a similar way as PageRank expresses quality over the entire Web. Existing personalized PageRank algorithms can however serve online queries only for a restricted choice of page selection. In this paper we achieve full personalization by a novel algorithm that computes a compact database of simulated random walks; this database can serve arbitrary personal choices of small subsets of web pages. We prove that for a fixed error probability, the size of our database is linear in the number of web pages. We justify our estimation approach by asymptotic worstcase lower bounds; we show that exact personalized PageRank values can only be obtained from a database of quadratic size. 1