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B-Hist: Entity-Centric Search Over Personal Web Browsing History

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Michele Catasta

ETH Zürich

Alberto Tonon

University of Fribourg - Xascale Infolab

Gianluca Demartini

L3S Research Center

Jean-Eudes Ranvier

ETH Zürich

Karl Aberer

ETH Zürich

Philippe Cudre-Mauroux

University of Fribourg - Xascale Infolab

Abstract

Web Search is increasingly entity-centric; as a large fraction of common queries target specific entities, search results get progressively augmented with semi-structured and multimedia information about those entities. However, search over personal Web browsing history still revolves around keyword-search mostly. In this paper, we present a novel approach to answer queries over Web browsing logs that takes into account entities appearing in the Web pages, user activities, as well as temporal information. Our system, B-hist, aims at providing Web users with an effective tool for searching and accessing information they previously looked up on the Web by supporting multiple ways of filtering results using clustering and entity-centric search. In the following, we present our system and motivate our User Interface design choices by detailing the results of a survey on Web browsing and history search. In addition, we present an empirical evaluation of our entity-based approach used to cluster Web pages.

Keywords: browsing history, personal memories, entity-centric search

Suggested Citation

Catasta, Michele and Tonon, Alberto and Demartini, Gianluca and Ranvier, Jean-Eudes and Aberer, Karl and Cudre-Mauroux, Philippe, B-Hist: Entity-Centric Search Over Personal Web Browsing History (2014). Journal of Web Semantics First Look 27_1_4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3199105

Michele Catasta (Contact Author)

ETH Zürich ( email )

Lausanne
Switzerland

Alberto Tonon

University of Fribourg - Xascale Infolab ( email )

Bd de Pérolles 90
Fribourg
Switzerland

Gianluca Demartini

L3S Research Center ( email )

Appelstrasse 9a
Hannover, D-30167
Germany

Jean-Eudes Ranvier

ETH Zürich ( email )

Lausanne
Switzerland

Karl Aberer

ETH Zürich ( email )

Lausanne
Switzerland

Philippe Cudre-Mauroux

University of Fribourg - Xascale Infolab ( email )

Bd de Pérolles 90
Fribourg
Switzerland

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