The structure of broad topics on the Web

Chakrabarti, Soumen ; Joshi, Mukul M. ; Punera, Kunal ; Pennock, David M. (2002) The structure of broad topics on the Web In: WWW '02 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on World Wide Web, May 7-11, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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The Web graph is a giant social network whose properties have been measured and modeled extensively in recent years. Most such studies concentrate on the graph structure alone, and do not consider textual properties of the nodes. Consequently, Web communities have been characterized purely in terms of graph structure and not on page content. We propose that a topic taxonomy such as Yahoo! or the Open Directory provides a useful framework for understanding the structure of content-based clusters and communities. In particular, using a topic taxonomy and an automatic classifier, we can measure the background distribution of broad topics on the Web, and analyze the capability of recent random walk algorithms to draw samples which follow such distributions. In addition, we can measure the probability that a page about one broad topic will link to another broad topic. Extending this experiment, we can measure how quickly topic context is lost while walking randomly on the Web graph. Estimates of this topic mixing distance may explain why a global PageRank is still meaningful in the context of broad queries. In general, our measurements may prove valuable in the design of community-specific crawlers and link-based ranking systems.

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Keywords:Social Network Analysis; Web Bibliometry
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