Web Page Classification: Features and Algorithms

Xiaoguang Qi and Brian D. Davison
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Abstract
Classification of web page content is essential to many tasks in web information retrieval such as maintaining web directories and focused crawling. The uncontrolled nature of web content presents additional challenges to web page classification as compared to traditional text classification, but the interconnected nature of hypertext also provides features that can assist the process.

As we review work in web page classification, we note the importance of these web-specific features and algorithms, describe state-of-the-art practices, and track the underlying assumptions behind the use of information from neighboring pages.

Reference: Xiaoguang Qi and Brian D. Davison. Web Page Classification: Features and Algorithms. ACM Computing Surveys, 41(2), February 2009.

An earlier draft was published as Technical Report LU-CSE-07-010, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, June 2007.

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