Assigning Location Information to Display Individuals on a Map for Web People Search Results

  • Harumi Murakami
  • Yuya Takamori
  • Hiroshi Ueda
  • Shoji Tatsumi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5839)


Distinguishing people with identical names is becoming more and more important in Web search. This research aims to display person icons on a map to help users select person clusters that are separated into different people from the result of person searches on the Web. We propose a method to assign person clusters with one piece of location information. Our method is comprised of two processes: (a) extracting location candidates from Web pages and (b) assigning location information using a local search engine. Our main idea exploits search engine rankings and character distance to obtain good location information among location candidates. Experimental results revealed the usefulness of our proposed method. We also show a developed prototype system.


location information Web people search map interface character distance information extraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harumi Murakami
    • 1
  • Yuya Takamori
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Ueda
    • 2
  • Shoji Tatsumi
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School for Creative CitiesOsaka City UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of EngineeringOsaka City UniversityOsakaJapan

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