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Ontological Approach for Effective Generation of Concept Based User Profiles to Personalize Search Results

S. Prabaharan and R. S.D. Wahidabanu


Problem statement: Ontological user profile generation was a semantic approach to derive richer concept based user profiles. It depends on the semantic relationship of concepts. This study focuses on ontology to derive concept oriented user profile based on user search queries and clicked documents.This study proposes concept based on topic ontology which derives the concept based user profiles more independently. It was possible to improve the search engine processes more efficiently. Approach: This process consists of individual user’s interests, topical categories of user interests and identifies the relationship among the concepts. The proposed approach was based on topic ontology for concept based user profile generation from search engine logs. Spreading activation algorithm was used to optimize the relevance of search engine results. Topic ontology was constructed to identify the user interest by assigning activation values and explore the topics similarity of user preferences. Results: To update and maintain the interest scores, spreading activation algorithm was proposed. User interest may change over the period of time which was reflected to user profiles. According to profile changes, search engine was personalized by assigning interest scores and weight to the topics. Conclusion: Experiments illustrate the efficacy of proposed approach and with the help of topic ontology user preferences can be identified correctly. It improves the quality of the search engine personalization by identifying the user’s precise needs.

Journal of Computer Science
Volume 8 No. 2, 2012, 205-215


Submitted On: 29 August 2011 Published On: 21 November 2011

How to Cite: Prabaharan, S. & Wahidabanu, R. S. (2012). Ontological Approach for Effective Generation of Concept Based User Profiles to Personalize Search Results. Journal of Computer Science, 8(2), 205-215.

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  • web personalization
  • web usage mining
  • ontological approach
  • personalized search
  • user profiling
  • search engine