AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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A Wikipedia Based Semantic Graph Model for Topic Tracking in Blogosphere
Jintao Tang, Ting Wang, Qin Lu, Ji Wang, Wenjie Li

Last modified: 2011-06-28


There are two key issues for information diffusion in blogosphere: (1) blog posts are usually short, noisy and contain multiple themes, (2) information diffusion through blogosphere is primarily driven by the “word-of-mouth” effect, thus making topics evolve very fast. This paper presents a novel topic tracking approach to deal with these issues by modeling a topic as a semantic graph in which the semantic relatedness between terms are learned from Wikipedia. For a given topic/post, the named entities, Wikipedia concepts, and the semantic relatedness are extracted to generate the graph model. Noises are filtered out through a graph clustering algorithm. To handle topic evolution, the topic model is enriched by using Wikipedia as background knowledge. Furthermore, graph edit distance is used to measure the similarity between a topic and its posts. The proposed method is tested using real-world blog data. Experimental results show the advantage of the proposed method on tracking topics in short, noisy text.

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