Improving search result clustering by integrating semantic information from Wikipedia

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2010

Student: Çağatay Çallı



Suffix Tree Clustering (STC) is a search result clustering (SRC) algorithm focused on generating overlapping clusters with meaningful labels in linear time. It showed the feasibility of SRC but in time, subsequent studies introduced description-first algorithms that generate better labels and achieve higher precision. Still, STC remained as the fastest SRC algorithm and there appeared studies concerned with different problems of STC. In this thesis, semantic relations between cluster labels and documents are exploited to filter out noisy labels and improve merging phase of STC. Wikipedia is used to identify these relations and methods for integrating semantic information to STC are suggested. Semantic features are shown to be effective for SRC task when used together with term frequency vectors. Furthermore, there were no SRC studies on Turkish up to now. In this thesis, a dataset for Turkish is introduced and a number of methods are tested on Turkish.