Discovering Unpredictably Related Words from Logs of Scholarly Repositories for Grouping Similar Queries

  • Takehiro Shiraishi
  • Toshihiro Aoyama
  • Kazutsuna Yamaji
  • Takao Namiki
  • Daisuke Ikeda
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 553)


As the number of institutional repositories is increasing, more and more people, including non-researchers, are accessing academic contents on them via search engines. User models of non-researchers are not well understood yet, unlike researchers, although non-researchers may use quite different queries from researchers. For understanding their search behavior, it is a good way to categorize search queries of non-researchers into groups. This chapter is devoted to finding related query words at the first step from logs of scholarly repositories. In particular, we try to find words which are related from the viewpoint of non-researchers. In this sense, these words are unpredictably related. A simple method to do this using the access log is that we treat queries which lead to the same paper as related. However, it is challenging because one academic paper generally has a small amount of accesses while accesses to one paper bring many kinds of query words. Instead, we expand relationships between query words and papers, and use a graph-based algorithm in which query words and papers are vertices to find related words. As experiments, we use more than 400,000 accesses recorded at a major portal site of Japanese theses, and show that we can find related words with respect to specific disciplines if these words appear frequently. There words seems to be interested in non-researchers and hence we can’t say they are not related in a usual manner. This result implicates that we can obtain related words if we enrich relationships between technical terminologies using background knowledge, such as dictionaries.


Institutional repositories Access log mining Randome walk Hitting time Query expansion 



This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Number 23300087.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takehiro Shiraishi
    • 1
  • Toshihiro Aoyama
    • 2
  • Kazutsuna Yamaji
    • 3
  • Takao Namiki
    • 4
  • Daisuke Ikeda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department Electronic and Information EngineeringSuzuka National College of TechnologyMieJapan
  3. 3.National Institute of InformaticsTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsHokkaido UniversityHokkaidoJapan

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