Using Online Self-Adaptive Clustering to Group Web Documents

  • Noel Catterall
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 107)


In this chapter an approach that is using online self-adaptive, incremental (on-line) clustering to automatically group relevant Web-based documents is proposed. The proposed online self-adaptive classifier has learning capability—it improves the result on-line with any new document that has been accessed. Therefore, the proposed approach is characterized by low complexity. This chapter reports the results of research on development of a novel clustering method that is suitable for real-time implementations. It is based on evolution principles and tries to address the limitations of existing clustering algorithms which cannot cope in an online mode with high dimensional datasets. This evolution-inspired and nature-inspired approach introduces the new concept of potential values which describes the fitness of a new sample (web document) to be the prototype of a new cluster without the need to store each previously encountered documents but taking into account the contextual similarity density between all previous documents in a recursive and thus computationally efficient way. This chapter also examines the clustering of documents by contextual similarity using extracted keywords represented in a vector space model.


Clustering Information retrieval Self-adaptive on-line clustering Contextual similarity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SYM Global LimitedManchesterUK

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