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Dynamic Agglomerative-Divisive Clustering of Clickthrough Data for Collaborative Web Search

  • Kenneth Wai-Ting Leung
  • Dik Lun Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5981)

Abstract

In this paper, we model clickthroughs as a tripartite graph involving users, queries and concepts embodied in the clicked pages. We develop the Dynamic Agglomerative-Divisive Clustering (DADC) algorithm for clustering the tripartite clickthrough graph to identify groups of similar users, queries and concepts to support collaborative web search. Since the clickthrough graph is updated frequently, DADC clusters the graph incrementally, whereas most of the traditional agglomerative methods cluster the whole graph all over again. Moreover, clickthroughs are usually noisy and reflect diverse interests of the users. Thus, traditional agglomerative clustering methods tend to generate large clusters when the clickthrough graph is large. DADC avoids generating large clusters using two interleaving phases: the agglomerative and divisive phases. The agglomerative phase iteratively merges similar clusters together to avoid generating sparse clusters. On the other hand, the divisive phase iteratively splits large clusters into smaller clusters to maintain the coherence of the clusters and restructures the existing clusters to allow DADC to incrementally update the affected clusters as new clickthrough data arrives.

Keywords

Average Precision Similar User Hierarchical Cluster Method Query Node Similar Query 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Wai-Ting Leung
    • 1
  • Dik Lun Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong

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