Ed Chi, Todd Mytkowicz
Given the rise in popularity of social tagging systems, it seems only natural to ask how efficient is the organically evolved tagging vocabulary in describing any underlying document objects? Does this distributed process really provide a way to circumnavigate the traditional categorization problem with ontologies? We analyze a social tagging site, namely del.icio.us, with information theory in order to evaluate the efficiency of this social tagging site for encoding navigation paths to information sources.
Subjects: 1.10 Information Retrieval; 6. Computer-Human Interaction
Submitted: Feb 15, 2008