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Focused Crawling in Depression Portal Search: A Feasibility Study

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Focused Crawling in Depression Portal Search: A Feasibility Study
Previous work on domain specific search services in the area of depressive illness has documented the significant human cost required to setup and maintain closed-crawl parameters. It also showed that domain coverage is much less than that of whole-of-web search engines. Here we report on the feasibility of techniques for achieving greater coverage at lower cost. We found that acceptably effective crawl parameters could be automatically derived from a DMOZ depression category list, with dramatic saving in effort. We also found evidence that focused crawling could be effective in this domain: relevant documents from diverse sources are extensively interlinked; many outgoing links from a constrained crawl based on DMOZ lead to additional relevant content; and we were able to achieve reasonable precision (88%) and recall (68%) using a J48-derived predictive classifier operating only on URL words, anchor text and text content adjacent to referring links. Future directions include implement...
Thanh Tin Tang, David Hawking, Nick Craswell, Rame
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where ADCS
Authors Thanh Tin Tang, David Hawking, Nick Craswell, Ramesh S. Sankaranarayana
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