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вторник, 30 июля 2013 г.

My Visiting Project at Emory University: Entity Search over Linked Data

In this post, I would like to summarize some research output of my recent work at Emory University as a visiting graduate student, which was funded via the Fulbright Program. The work in collaboration with professor Eugene Agichtein is devoted to entity search over linked data, a very hot topic nowadays. To put that into the context, Google Knowledge Graph, Facebook Graph Search and WolframAlpha are likely the best examples of products that empower entity-centric user experience. That is, this work is about how to resolve search queries soliciting information about certain people, organizations, locations, events, scientific concepts and other entities, assuming that such information has been somehow extracted, structured and shared ("linked data"). For example, you may think of entity descriptions available at Wikipedia, Freebase, GeoNames, Last.FM, CiteSeer and other compelling web resources.

Our main research contribution is a novel mathematical model that incorporates the semantics of similarity links in the entity graph into the ranking mechanism in a scalable way. A part of this work is presented in the 4-page poster paper Zhiltsov, N., Agichtein, E. Improving Entity Search over Linked Data by Modeling Latent Semantics accepted for CIKM 2013. The remaining part will be published (hopefully!) as a full paper early next year.

From the engineering perspective, this project gave birth to a bunch of open source software spin-offs that might be interesting for researchers/developers from related communities (i.e., machine learning, information retrieval, Semantic Web):

PS. I would like to thank all the people who have made this my first visit to the United States not only possible but wonderful (deliberately hiding most of their names to protect their privacy): the Fulbright representatives in Moscow and Atlanta/Georgia, professor Eugene Agichtein & his colleagues from the Intelligent Information Access lab at Emory University, people from Math & CS department and ISSS office at Emory University, my new friends in Atlanta, kickball teammates, and Fulbrighters in Georgia I met during our terrific Fall Trip. You're great!