AAAI Publications, Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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Using the H-Index to Estimate Blog Authority
José Devezas, Sérgio Nunes, Cristina Ribeiro

Last modified: 2011-07-05


Link analysis is a technique frequently used in the ranking of web sites. On the web, we often encounter content that is organized by entries, sorted from recent to old, and generally follows the structure of a blog. In this paper we explore and evaluate the usage of a bibliometrics measure, called h-index, for the task of blog ranking, in an information retrieval context. We base our experiments on the TREC Blogs08 collection, which comprises over 28 million posts. The results obtained indicate that the h-index is a robust metric that allows for an improved relevance discrimination between blogs, when compared to the in-degree. Additionally, tests performed using distinct versions of the post graph, indicate that this metric might tolerate a certain level of link clutter.

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