Semantic hierarchical abstraction of Web site structures for Web searchers

L. Wookey, J. Geller

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The hierarchical abstraction of a Web site is useful in organising information and reducing the number of alternatives that must be considered at any one time when browsing the site. We present such an abstraction, which is computed from a user's query and a Web site. A Web site is viewed as a directed graph with Web nodes and Web arcs, where the Web nodes correspond to HTML files (i.e., Web pages) and the Web arcs correspond to hyperlinks. The abstraction is based on computing semantic weights for the hyperlinks within the site. We have developed a pilot system, called Anchor Woman, for displaying a map representing the abstraction of a Web site. This map helps a user to avoid the feeling of being "lost in space" and makes-it easier for him/her to browse the site effectively and efficiently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research and Practice in Information Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Directed graph
  • Hierarchical abstraction
  • Semantic weights
  • Site map
  • Web browsing
  • Web site abstraction


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