Making SENSE: Socially enhanced search and exploration

Tom Crecelius, Mouna Kacimi, Sebastian Michel, Thomas Neumann, Josiane Xavier Parreira, Ralf Schenkel, Gerhard Weikum

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Online communities like Flickr, and YouTube have established themselves as very popular and powerful services for publishing and searching contents, but also for identifying other users who share similar interests. In these communities, data are usu- ally annotated with carefully selected and often semantically meaningful tags, collaboratively chosen by the user who uploaded an item and other users who came across the item. Items like urls or videos are typically retrieved by issueing queries that consist of a set of tags, returning items that have been frequently annotated with these tags. However, users often prefer a more personalized way of searching over such a 'global' search, exploiting preferences of and connections between users. The SENSE system presented in this demo supports hybrid personalization along two dimensions: in the social dimension, a search process is focused towards items tagged by users explicitly selected as friends by the querying user, whereas in the spiritual dimension, users that share preferences with the querying user are preferred. Orthorgonal to this, the system additionally integrates semantic ex- pansion of query tags to improve search results. SENSE provides an efficient top-k algorithm that dynamically expands the search to related users and tags. It is based on principles of threshold algorithms, folding related users and tags into the search space in an incremental on-demand manner, thus visiting only a small fraction of the social network when evaluating a query. The demonstration uses three different real-world datasets: a large set of urls from, a large set of pictures from Flickr, and a large set of books from librarything, each together with a large fraction of the corresponding social network of these sites.

Seiten (von - bis)1480-1483
FachzeitschriftProceedings of the VLDB Endowment
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Aug. 2008
Extern publiziertJa


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