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An Ontology-Based Search Tool in the Semantic Web

An Ontology-Based Search Tool in the Semantic Web
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Author(s): Constanta-Nicoleta Bodea (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania), Adina Lipai (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania) and Maria-Iuliana Dascalu (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 29
Source title: Advancing Information Management through Semantic Web Concepts and Ontologies
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain), Héctor Oscar Nigro (Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina), Robert D. Tennyson (University of Minnesota, USA), Sandra Elizabeth Gonzalez Cisaro (Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Waldemar Karwowski (University of Central Florida, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2494-8.ch012


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The chapter presents a meta-search tool developed in order to deliver search results structured according to the specific interests of users. Meta-search means that for a specific query, several search mechanisms could be simultaneously applied. Using the clustering process, thematically homogenous groups are built up from the initial list provided by the standard search mechanisms. The results are more user-oriented, thanks to the ontological approach of the clustering process. After the initial search made on multiple search engines, the results are pre-processed and transformed into vectors of words. These vectors are mapped into vectors of concepts, by calling an educational ontology and using the WordNet lexical database. The vectors of concepts are refined through concept space graphs and projection mechanisms, before applying the clustering procedure. The chapter describes the proposed solution in the framework of other existent clustering search solutions. Implementation details and early experimentation results are also provided.

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