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Combining Link and Content Information in Web Search Fabiana F. Prabhakar Megan Smith Motivation Web search results can be much more improved by considering the documents links structure.

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  • Web search results can be much more improved by considering the documents links structure.
  • Create an algorithm that can rank the documents based on their links and content combined and that can perform well during query time.
  • Hits: not feasible to compute hubs and authorities during query time;
  • Topic drift: both Hits and PageRank to not take the topic in consideration when ranking the pages.
  • Web surfer who jumps from page to page, choosing with uniform probability which link to follow at each step;
  • From time to time, the surfer will jump to a random page with a small probability. This also happens whenever a page with no links is reached;
  • Represent the web as a graph: each page is a node and each outlink is an edge in the graph.
directed surfer model
Directed Surfer Model
  • Probabilistically hops from page to page, depending on the content of the pages and the query terms the surfer is looking for.
  • A page rank is calculated for each document term pair in the collection(this calculation is done offline, not during query time).
qd pagerank q j
  • For a single term, the resulting probability distribution over pages is:

QD-PageRankq(j)=P(j)=(1- ) P’q(j) + (i Bj)Pq (i) Pq (ij)

  • Pq (i j) Probability that the surfer will jump from I to j for the query q.
  • P’q(j) specifies where the surfer will choose to jump when not following links. Jumping outside the topic.
some definitions
Some definitions
  • W = set of words in the collection;
  • S = number of unique document-term pairs;
  • N = total number of documents.
r q j relevance of page j to query q
Rq(j) Relevance of page j to query q
  • P’q(j)= Rq(j) / (k  W)Rq(k)
  • Pq (i j)= Rq(j) / (k  Fi)Rq(k)
  • When choosing among outlinks, the directed surfer tends to follow those which lead to pages with relevant content.
multiple term query during retrieval
Multiple-term query (during retrieval)



//select a term that was not selected before

SELECT q from Q according to P(q);

Use QD-PageRankq(j) to calculate QD-PageRankQ(j)*;


*QD-PageRankQ(j) = PQ(j)=(q Q)P(q)Pq (j)

  • QD-PageRankq(j) is calculated considering just documents that contain q. The storage requirement is proportional to S (< N).
  • QD-PageRankQ(j) is calculated during query time.
time requirements
Time Requirements
  • Time to compute QD-PageRankq(j) for all q in W = O(S). Experiments have shown that the computation converges in fewer iterations for these smaller sub-graphs, reducing the computational requirements.
  • For most words, the sub-graph will fit in memory, reducing disk I/O during computation.
  • Three volunteers were asked to provide a single word and two double world queries.
  • For each query, the top 10 results from standard Page-Rank and QD-PageRank were randomly mixed and given to four volunteers, who were asked to rate each result.
  • None of them knew how the results were obtained.

Combining Link and Content Information in Web Search

Richardson and Domingos, 2004

(Original conference version: The Intelligent Surfer: Probabilistic Combination of Link and Content Information in PageRank, 2002 -