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Combating web spam with trustrank
 In VLDB
, 2004
"... Web spam pages use various techniques to achieve higherthandeserved rankings in a search engine’s results. While human experts can identify spam, it is too expensive to manually evaluate a large number of pages. Instead, we propose techniques to semiautomatically separate reputable, good pages fr ..."
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Web spam pages use various techniques to achieve higherthandeserved rankings in a search engine’s results. While human experts can identify spam, it is too expensive to manually evaluate a large number of pages. Instead, we propose techniques to semiautomatically separate reputable, good pages from spam. We first select a small set of seed pages to be evaluated by an expert. Once we manually identify the reputable seed pages, we use the link structure of the web to discover other pages that are likely to be good. In this paper we discuss possible ways to implement the seed selection and the discovery of good pages. We present results of experiments run on the World Wide Web indexed by AltaVista and evaluate the performance of our techniques. Our results show that we can effectively filter out spam from a significant fraction of the web, based on a good seed set of less than 200 sites. 1
Scaling Personalized Web Search
 In Proceedings of the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference
, 2002
"... Recent web search techniques augment traditional text matching with a global notion of "importance" based on the linkage structure of the web, such as in Google's PageRank algorithm. For more refined searches, this global notion of importance can be specialized to create personalized ..."
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Recent web search techniques augment traditional text matching with a global notion of "importance" based on the linkage structure of the web, such as in Google's PageRank algorithm. For more refined searches, this global notion of importance can be specialized to create personalized views of importance  for example, importance scores can be biased according to a userspecified set of initially interesting pages. Computing and storing all possible personalized views in advance is impractical, as is computing personalized views at query time, since the computation of each view requires an iterative computation over the web graph. We present new graphtheoretical results, and a new technique based on these results, that encode personalized views as partial vectors. Partial vectors are shared across multiple personalized views, and their computation and storage costs scale well with the number of views.
Twitterrank: finding topicsensitive influential twitterers
 IN IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WEB SEARCH AND DATA MINING
, 2010
"... This paper focuses on the problem of identifying influential users of microblogging services. Twitter, one of the most notable microblogging services, employs a socialnetworking model called “following”, in which each user can choose who she wants to “follow” to receive tweets from without requir ..."
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This paper focuses on the problem of identifying influential users of microblogging services. Twitter, one of the most notable microblogging services, employs a socialnetworking model called “following”, in which each user can choose who she wants to “follow” to receive tweets from without requiring the latter to give permission first. In a dataset prepared for this study, it is observed that (1) 72.4 % of the users in Twitter follow more than 80 % of their followers, and (2) 80.5 % of the users have 80 % of users they are following follow them back. Our study reveals that the presence of “reciprocity” can be explained by phenomenon of homophily [14]. Based on this finding, TwitterRank, an extension of PageRank algorithm, is proposed to measure the influence of users in Twitter. TwitterRank measures the influence taking
Topicsensitive pagerank: A contextsensitive ranking algorithm for web search
 IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
, 2003
"... Abstract—The original PageRank algorithm for improving the ranking of searchquery results computes a single vector, using the link structure of the Web, to capture the relative “importance ” of Web pages, independent of any particular search query. To yield more accurate search results, we propose ..."
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Abstract—The original PageRank algorithm for improving the ranking of searchquery results computes a single vector, using the link structure of the Web, to capture the relative “importance ” of Web pages, independent of any particular search query. To yield more accurate search results, we propose computing a set of PageRank vectors, biased using a set of representative topics, to capture more accurately the notion of importance with respect to a particular topic. For ordinary keyword search queries, we compute the topicsensitive PageRank scores for pages satisfying the query using the topic of the query keywords. For searches done in context (e.g., when the search query is performed by highlighting words in a Web page), we compute the topicsensitive PageRank scores using the topic of the context in which the query appeared. By using linear combinations of these (precomputed) biased PageRank vectors to generate contextspecific importance scores for pages at query time, we show that we can generate more accurate rankings than with a single, generic PageRank vector. We describe techniques for efficiently implementing a largescale search system based on the topicsensitive PageRank scheme. Index Terms—Web search, web graph, link analysis, PageRank, search in context, personalized search, ranking algorithm.
Authoritybased keyword search in databases
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"... The ObjectRank system applies authoritybased ranking to keyword search in databases modeled as labeled graphs. Conceptually, authority originates at the nodes (objects) containing the keywords and flows to objects according to their semantic connections. Each node is ranked according to its authori ..."
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The ObjectRank system applies authoritybased ranking to keyword search in databases modeled as labeled graphs. Conceptually, authority originates at the nodes (objects) containing the keywords and flows to objects according to their semantic connections. Each node is ranked according to its authority with respect to the particular
Deeper Inside PageRank
 INTERNET MATHEMATICS
, 2004
"... This paper serves as a companion or extension to the “Inside PageRank” paper by Bianchini et al. [Bianchini et al. 03]. It is a comprehensive survey of all issues associated with PageRank, covering the basic PageRank model, available and recommended solution methods, storage issues, existence, uniq ..."
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This paper serves as a companion or extension to the “Inside PageRank” paper by Bianchini et al. [Bianchini et al. 03]. It is a comprehensive survey of all issues associated with PageRank, covering the basic PageRank model, available and recommended solution methods, storage issues, existence, uniqueness, and convergence properties, possible alterations to the basic model, suggested alternatives to the traditional solution methods, sensitivity and conditioning, and finally the updating problem. We introduce a few new results, provide an extensive reference list, and speculate about exciting areas of future research.
Learning to cluster web search results
 In Proc. of SIGIR ’04
, 2004
"... In web search, surfers are often faced with the problem of selecting their most wanted information from the potential huge amount of search results. The clustering of web search results is the possible solution, but the traditional content based clustering is not sufficient since it ignores many uni ..."
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In web search, surfers are often faced with the problem of selecting their most wanted information from the potential huge amount of search results. The clustering of web search results is the possible solution, but the traditional content based clustering is not sufficient since it ignores many unique features of web pages. The link structure, authority, quality, or trustfulness of search results can play even the higher role than the actual contents of the web pages in clustering. These possible extents are reflected by Google's PageRank algorithm, HITS algorithm and etc. The main goal of this project is to integrate the authoritative information such as PageRank, link structure (e.g. inlinks and outlinks) into the KMeans clustering of web search results. The PageRank, inlinks and outlinks can be used to extend the vector representation of web pages, and the PageRank can also be considered in the initial centroids selection, or the web page with higher PageRank influences the centroid computation to a higher degree. The relevance of this modified KMeans clustering algorithm needs to be compared to the ones obtained by the content based KMeans clustering, and the effects of different authoritative information also needs to be analyzed.
Fast random walk with restart and its applications
 In ICDM ’06: Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining
, 2006
"... How closely related are two nodes in a graph? How to compute this score quickly, on huge, diskresident, real graphs? Random walk with restart (RWR) provides a good relevance score between two nodes in a weighted graph, and it has been successfully used in numerous settings, like automatic captionin ..."
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How closely related are two nodes in a graph? How to compute this score quickly, on huge, diskresident, real graphs? Random walk with restart (RWR) provides a good relevance score between two nodes in a weighted graph, and it has been successfully used in numerous settings, like automatic captioning of images, generalizations to the “connection subgraphs”, personalized PageRank, and many more. However, the straightforward implementations of RWR do not scale for large graphs, requiring either quadratic space and cubic precomputation time, or slow response time on queries. We propose fast solutions to this problem. The heart of our approach is to exploit two important properties shared by many real graphs: (a) linear correlations and (b) blockwise, communitylike structure. We exploit the linearity by using lowrank matrix approximation, and the community structure by graph partitioning, followed by the ShermanMorrison lemma for matrix inversion. Experimental results on the Corel image and the DBLP dabasets demonstrate that our proposed methods achieve significant savings over the straightforward implementations: they can save several orders of magnitude in precomputation and storage cost, and they achieve up to 150x speed up with 90%+ quality preservation. 1
Extrapolation Methods for Accelerating PageRank Computations
 In Proceedings of the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference
, 2003
"... We present a novel algorithm for the fast computation of PageRank, a hyperlinkbased estimate of the "importance" of Web pages. The original PageRank algorithm uses the Power Method to compute successive iterates that converge to the principal eigenvector of the Markov matrix representing ..."
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We present a novel algorithm for the fast computation of PageRank, a hyperlinkbased estimate of the "importance" of Web pages. The original PageRank algorithm uses the Power Method to compute successive iterates that converge to the principal eigenvector of the Markov matrix representing the Web link graph. The algorithm presented here, called Quadratic Extrapolation, accelerates the convergence of the Power Method by periodically subtracting off estimates of the nonprincipal eigenvectors from the current iterate of the Power Method. In Quadratic Extrapolation, we take advantage of the fact that the first eigenvalueof a Markov matrix is known to be 1 to compute the nonprincipal eigenvectorsusing successiveiterates of the Power Method. Empirically, we show that using Quadratic Extrapolation speeds up PageRank computation by 50300% on a Web graph of 80 million nodes, with minimal overhead.
Exploiting the Block Structure of the Web for Computing PageRank
, 2003
"... The web link graph has a nested block structure: the vast majority of hyperlinks link pages on a host to other pages on the same host, and many of those that do not link pages within the same domain. We show how to exploit this structure to speed up the computation of PageRank by a 3stage alg ..."
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The web link graph has a nested block structure: the vast majority of hyperlinks link pages on a host to other pages on the same host, and many of those that do not link pages within the same domain. We show how to exploit this structure to speed up the computation of PageRank by a 3stage algorithm whereby (1) the local PageRanks of pages for each host are computed independently using the link structure of that host, (2) these local PageRanks are then weighted by the "importance" of the corresponding host, and (3) the standard PageRank algorithm is then run using as its starting vector the weighted concatenation of the local PageRanks. Empirically, this algorithm speeds up the computation of PageRank by a factor of 2 in realistic scenarios. Further, we develop a variant of this algorithm that efficiently computes many different "personalized" PageRanks, and a variant that efficiently recomputes PageRank after node updates.