Concept Similarity and Related Categories in SearchSleuth

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SearchSleuth is a program developed to experiment with the automated local analysis of Web search using formal concept analysis. SearchSleuth extends a standard search interface to include a conceptual neighborhood centered on a formal concept derived from the initial query. This neighborhood of the concept derived from the search terms is decorated with its upper and lower neighbors representing more general and specialized concepts respectively. In SearchSleuth, the notion of related categories – which are themselves formal concepts – is also introduced. This allows the retrieval focus to shift to a new formal concept called a sibling. This movement across the concept lattice needs to relate one formal concept to another in a principled way. This paper presents the issues concerning exploring and ordering the space of related categories.