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As the number of Internet users and the number of accessible Web pages grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult for users to find documents that are relevant to their particular needs. Users must either browse through a large hierarchy of concepts to find the information for which they are looking or submit a query to a publicly available search engine(More)
The amount of information available online is increasing exponentially. While this information is a valuable resource, its sheer volume limits its value. Many research projects and companies are exploring the use of personalized applications that manage this deluge by tailoring the information presented to individual users. These applications all need to(More)
User profiles, descriptions of user interests, can be used by search engines to provide personalized search results. Many approaches to creating user profiles collect user information through proxy servers (to capture browsing histories) or desktop bots (to capture activities on a personal computer). Both these techniques require participation of the user(More)
Most information retrieval systems on the Internet rely primarily on similarity ranking algorithms based solely on term frequency statistics. Information quality is usually ignored. This leads to the problem that documents are retrieved without regard to their quality. We present an approach that combines similarity-based similarity ranking with quality(More)
Personalized Web browsing and search hope to provide Web information that matches a user’s personal interests and thus provide more effective and efficient information access. A key feature in developing successful personalized Web applications is to build user profiles that accurately represent a user’s interests. The main goal of this research is to(More)
With the exponentially growing amount of information available on the Internet, the task of retrieving documents of interest has become increasingly difficult. Search engines usually return more than 1,500 results per query, yet out of the top twenty results, only one half turn out to be relevant to the user. One reason for this is that Web queries are in(More)
The explosive growth of the World Wide Web, and the resulting information overload, has led to a mini-explosion in World Wide Web search engines. This mini-explosion, in turn, led to the development of ProFusion, a meta search engine. Educators, like other users, do not have the time to evaluate multiple search engines to knowledgeably select the best for(More)
The expansion of information available on the Web has been explosive. The initial approach of collecting all Web pages into a single location and indexing them is limited in its ability to deal with this explosion. Different search engines provide access to different collections, requiring users to access multiple information sources to meet their needs. A(More)
With the exponential growth of the available information on the World Wide Web, a traditional search engine, even if based on sophisticated document indexing algorithms, has difficulty meeting efficiency and effectiveness performance demanded by users searching for relevant information. Users surfing the Web in search of resources to satisfy their(More)
Search engines, generally, return results without any regard for the concepts in which the user is interested. In this paper, we present our approach to personalizing search engines using ontology based contextual profiles. In contrast to long-term user profiles, we construct contextual user profiles that capture what the user is working on at the time they(More)