A bottom-up approach for XML document classification

Wu, Junwei (2009) A bottom-up approach for XML document classification. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a simple and flexible text format derived from Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) [1]. It has been widely accepted as a crucial component of many information retrieval related applications, such as XML databases, web services, etc. One of the reasons for its wide acceptance is its customized format during data transmission or storage. Classification is an important data mining task that aims to assign unknown objects to classes that best characterize them. In this thesis, we propose a method to classify XML documents under the assumption that they do not have a common schema that may or may not be available, which is closer to the real cases. Our method is similarity-based. Its main characteristic is its way to handle the roles played by texts and the structural information. Unlike most existing methods, we use a bottom-up approach, i.e., we start from the text first, and then embed the structural information. This is based on the observation that in XML documents with diversified tag structures, the most informative information is carried by the terms in the texts. Our experiments show that this strategy can achieve a better performance than the existing methods for documents from sources that exhibit heterogeneous structures.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8717
Item ID: 8717
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 61-64)
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Computer Science
Date: 2009
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Data mining; XML (Document markup language)--Classification

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