Enriching user search experience by mining social streams with heuristic stones and associative ripples

Xiaokang Zhou, Neil Y. Yen, Qun Jin, Timothy K. Shih

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    Abstract

    Recently, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular. The high accessibility of these sites has allowed the so-called social streams being spread across the Internet more quickly and widely, as more and more of the populations are being engaged into this vortex of the social networking revolution. Information seeking never means simply typing a few keywords into a search engine in this stream world. In this study, we try to find a way to utilize these diversified social streams to assist the search process without relying solely on the inputted keywords. We propose a method to analyze and extract meaningful information in accordance with users' current needs and interests from social streams using two developed algorithms, and go further to integrate these organized stream data which are described as associative ripples into the search system, in order to improve the relevance of the results obtained from the search engine and feedback users with a new perspective of the sought issues to guide the further information seeking process, which can benefit both search experience enrichment and search process facilitation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-144
    Number of pages16
    JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
    Volume63
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar

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    Keywords

    • Information seeking
    • Search experience
    • SNS
    • Social stream
    • Stream metaphor

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Media Technology
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Software

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    Enriching user search experience by mining social streams with heuristic stones and associative ripples. / Zhou, Xiaokang; Yen, Neil Y.; Jin, Qun; Shih, Timothy K.

    In: Multimedia Tools and Applications, Vol. 63, No. 1, 03.2013, p. 129-144.

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