BIT Numerical Mathematics

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 127–154 | Cite as

Some computational tools for digital archive and metadata maintenance

  • David F. Gleich
  • Ying Wang
  • Xiangrui Meng
  • Farnaz Ronaghi
  • Margot Gerritsen
  • Amin Saberi


Computational tools are a mainstay of current search and recommendation technology. But modern digital archives are astonishingly diverse collections of older digitized material and newer “born digital” content. Finding interesting material in these archives is still challenging. The material often lacks appropriate annotation—or metadata—so that people can find the most interesting material. We describe four computational tools we developed to aid in the processing and maintenance of large digital archives. The first is an improvement to a graph layout algorithm for graphs with hundreds of thousands of nodes. The second is a new algorithm for matching databases with links among the objects, also known as a network alignment problem. The third is an optimization heuristic to disambiguate a set of geographic references in a book. And the fourth is a technique to automatically generate a title from a description.


Graph layout Metadata remediation Dynamic programming Network alignment 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

05C50 05C85 68T50 90C39 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David F. Gleich
    • 1
  • Ying Wang
    • 2
  • Xiangrui Meng
    • 2
  • Farnaz Ronaghi
    • 3
  • Margot Gerritsen
    • 2
  • Amin Saberi
    • 3
  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Computational and Mathematical EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Management Science and EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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