Structural Web Search Engine

Arash Rakhshan, Lawrence B. Holder, and Diane J. Cook

We present a new approach in web search engines. The web creates new challenges for information retrieval. The vast improvement in information access is not the only advantage resulting from the keyword search. Additionally, much potential exists for analyzing interests and relationships within the structure of the web. The creation of a hyperlink by the author of a web page explicitly represents a relationship between the source and destination pages which demonstrates the hyperlink structure between web pages. Our web search engine searches not only for the keywords in the web pages, but also for the hyperlink structure between them. Comparing the results of structural web search versus keywordbased search indicates an improved ability to access desired information.

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