Internet search: subdivision-based interactive query expansion and the soft semantic web

Maria Chli, Philippe De Wilde

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The expansion of the Internet has made the task of searching a crucial one. Internet users, however, have to make a great effort in order to formulate a search query that returns the required results. Many methods have been devised to assist in this task by helping the users modify their query to give better results. In this paper we propose an interactive method for query expansion. It is based on the observation that documents are often found to contain terms with high information content, which can summarise their subject matter. We present experimental results, which demonstrate that our approach significantly shortens the time required in order to accomplish a certain task by performing web searches. (C) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-383
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Soft Computing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


  • Internet search
  • query formulation
  • search process
  • clustering
  • soft semantic web

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