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Bauer and Leake

A Method for Real-Time Context Extraction[*]

Travis Bauer - David B. Leake

Computer Science Department
Lindley Hall, Indiana University
150 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405, U.S.A.{trbauer,leake}



In order to be useful, intelligent information retrieval agents must provide their users with context-relevant information. This paper presents WordSieve, an algorithm for automatically extracting information about the context in which documents are consulted during web browsing. Using information extracted from the stream of documents consulted by the user, WordSieve automatically builds context profiles which differentiate sets of documents that users tend to access in groups. These profiles are used in a research-aiding system to index documents consulted in the current context and pro-actively suggest them to users in similar future contexts. In initial experiments on the capability to match documents to the task contexts in which they were consulted, WordSieve indexing outperformed indexing based on Term Frequency/Inverse Document Frequency, a common document indexing approach for intelligent agents in information retrieval.


Travis Bauer