Respect my authority! HITS without hyperlinks, utilizing cluster-based language models
Oren Kurland and Lillian Lee
Proceedings of SIGIR, pp. 83--90, 2006

We present an approach to improving the precision of an initial document ranking wherein we utilize cluster information within a graph-based framework. The main idea is to perform re-ranking based on centrality within bipartite graphs of documents (on one side) and clusters (on the other side), on the premise that these are mutually reinforcing entities. Links between entities are created via consideration of language models induced from them.
We find that our cluster-document graphs give rise to much better retrieval performance than previously proposed document-only graphs do. For example, authority-based re-ranking of documents via a HITS-style cluster-based approach outperforms a previously-proposed PageRank-inspired algorithm applied to solely-document graphs. Moreover, we also show that computing authority scores for clusters constitutes an effective method for identifying clusters containing a large percentage of relevant documents.

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@inproceedings{Kurland+Lee:06a, author = {Oren Kurland and Lillian Lee}, title = {Respect my authority! {HITS} without hyperlinks, utilizing cluster-based language models}, year = {2006}, pages = {83--90}, booktitle = {Proceedings of SIGIR}, doi = {10.1145/1148170.1148188} }

This paper is based upon work sup- ported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant no. IIS-0329064 and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or official policies, either expressed or implied, of any sponsoring institutions, the U.S. government, or any other entity