Web Information Systems Engineering - WISE 2009

Volume 5802 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 227-234

Blog Ranking Based on Bloggers’ Knowledge Level for Providing Credible Information

  • Shinsuke NakajimaAffiliated withKyoto Sangyo University
  • , Jianwei ZhangAffiliated withKyoto Sangyo University
  • , Yoichi InagakiAffiliated withkizasi Company, Inc
  • , Tomoaki KusanoAffiliated withkizasi Company, Inc
  • , Reyn NakamotoAffiliated withkizasi Company, Inc

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With the huge increase of recently popular user-generated content on the Web, searching for credible information has become progressively difficult. In this paper, we focus on blogs, one kind of user-generated content, and propose a credibility-focused blog ranking method based on bloggers’ knowledge level. This method calculates knowledge scores for bloggers and ranks blog entries based on bloggers’ knowledge level. Bloggers’ knowledge level is evaluated based on their usage of domain-specific words in their past blog entries. A blogger is given multiple scores with respect to various topic areas. In our method, blog entries written by knowledgeable bloggers have higher rankings than those written by common bloggers. Additionally, our system can present multiple ranking lists of blog entries from the perspectives of different bloggers’ groups. This allows users to estimate the trustworthiness of blog contents from multiple aspects. We built a prototype of the proposed system, and our experimental evaluation showed that our method could effectively rank bloggers and blog entries.