Indexing without spam

Zuccon, Guido, Nguyen, Anthony, Leelanupab, Teerapong, & Azzopardi, Leif (2011) Indexing without spam. In Cunningham, Sally Jo, Scholer, Falk, & Thomas, Paul (Eds.) Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Document Computing Symposium, RMIT University, Australian National University, Canberra, pp. 6-13.

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Abstract

The presence of spam in a document ranking is a major issue for Web search engines. Common approaches that cope with spam remove from the document rankings those pages that are likely to contain spam. These approaches are implemented as post-retrieval processes, that filter out spam pages only after documents have been retrieved with respect to a user’s query. In this paper we suggest to remove spam pages at indexing time, therefore obtaining a pruned index that is virtually “spam-free”. We investigate the benefits of this approach from three points of view: indexing time, index size, and retrieval performances. Not surprisingly, we found that the strategy decreases both the time required by the indexing process and the space required for storing the index. Surprisingly instead, we found that by considering a spam-pruned version of a collection’s index, no difference in retrieval performance is found when compared to that obtained by traditional post-retrieval spam filtering approaches.

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ID Code: 69285
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Information Retrieval, Index Pruning, Spam, Web Search, Efficiency
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Author(s)
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2014 03:49
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:43

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