A Tensor Space Model based Semantic Search Technique

Kee-Joo Hong, Han-Joon Kim, Jae-Young Chang, Jong-Hoon Chun


Semantic search is known as a series of activities and techniques to improve the search accuracy by clearly understanding users’ search intent without big cognitive efforts. Usually, semantic search engines requires ontology and semantic metadata to analyze user queries. However, building a particular ontology and semantic metadata intended for large amounts of data is a very time-consuming and costly task. This is why commercialization practices of semantic search are insufficient. In order to resolve this problem, we propose a novel semantic search method which takes advantage of our previous semantic tensor space model. Since each term is represented as the 2nd-order ‘document-by-concept’ tensor (i.e., matrix), and each concept as the 2nd-order ‘document-by-term’ tensor in the model, our proposed semantic search method does not require to build ontology. Nevertheless, through extensive experiments using the OHSUMED document collection and SCOPUS journal abstract data, we show that our proposed method outperforms the vector space model-based search method.

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