Building web directories in different languages for decision support: A semi-automatic approach

Wingyan Chung, Guanpi Lai, Alfonso Bonillas, Theodore Elhourani, Tzu Liang (Bill) Tseng, Hsinchun Chen

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Abstract

Web directories organize voluminous information into hierarchical structures, helping users to quickly locate relevant information and to support decision-making. The development of existing Web directories either relies on expert participation that may not be available or uses automatic approaches that lack precision. As more users access the Web in their native languages, better approaches to organizing and developing non-English Web directories are needed. In this paper, we have proposed a semi-automatic approach to building domain-specific Web directories in different languages by combining human precision and machine efficiency. Using the approach, we have built Web directories in the Spanish business (SBiz) and Arabic medical (AMed) domains. Experimental results show that the SBiz and AMed directories achieved significantly better recall, F value, and satisfaction rating than benchmark directories. These encouraging results show that the approach can be used to build high-quality Web directories to sup ort decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005
Subtitle of host publicationA Conference on a Human Scale
Pages467-475
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005 - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2005Aug 15 2005

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005: A Conference on a Human Scale
Volume1

Other

Other11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005
CountryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE
Period8/11/058/15/05

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Keywords

  • Arabic medicine
  • Decision support
  • Non-English languages
  • Semi-automatic approach
  • Spanish business
  • Web directories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Chung, W., Lai, G., Bonillas, A., Elhourani, T., Tseng, T. L. B., & Chen, H. (2005). Building web directories in different languages for decision support: A semi-automatic approach. In Association for Information Systems - 11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005: A Conference on a Human Scale (pp. 467-475). (Association for Information Systems - 11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005: A Conference on a Human Scale; Vol. 1).