Querying for relations from the semi-structured Web

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Querying for relations from the semi-structured Web
We present a class of web queries whose result is a multi-column relation instead of a collection of unstructured documents as in standard web search. The user specifies the query either via a few example records, or a text description of columns of the relation. Starting from this seed, we show how to compile the result from several, possibly overlapping, tables and lists on the web. Many challenges arise in the process. First, we need to be able to extract structured records from HTML pages with little user supervision. We present algorithms for jointly aligning arbitrary record sets on the web with the query table. We adapt state of the art extraction models like Conditional Random Fields to exploit inter and intra source regularity in a unified framework. Second, we need to be able to consolidate the results from several sources in the face of missing columns, noisy extractions, and zero human supervision. We show how a suitably designed Bayesian networks allows us to compose a re...
Sunita Sarawagi
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Updated 09 Nov 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Sunita Sarawagi
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