MASFA: Mass-collaborative faceted search for online communities

dc.contributor.advisorGao, Byron J.
dc.contributor.authorCleveland, Seth
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNgu, Anne H.H.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLu, Yijuan
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-13T21:15:31Z
dc.date.available2013-11-13T21:15:31Z
dc.date.issued2013-12
dc.description.abstractFaceted search combines faceted navigation with direct keyword search, providing exploratory search capacities allowing progressive query refinement. It has become the de facto standard for e-commerce and product-related websites such as amazon.com and ebay.com. However, faceted search has not been effectively incorporated into non-commercial online community portals such as craigslist.org and medhelp.org. This is mainly because unlike keyword search, faceted search systems require metadata that constantly evolve, making them very costly to build and maintain. In this thesis, we propose a framework, MASFA, which takes a human-machine approach to build and maintain effective faceted search systems free of cost. In MASFA human users, i.e. community members, contribute to the system in a mass-collaborative manner; and machines assist humans based on a set of non-domain-specific techniques. The MASFA approach is completely portable and can be deployed to any application domain supporting a direct search interface. To demonstrate its utility we implemented, deployed, and experimented with MASFA on a subset of Craigslist categories and made it open to public access.
dc.description.departmentComputer Science
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent77 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationCleveland, S. (2013). <i>MASFA: Mass-collaborative faceted search for online communities</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/4853
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectFaceted search
dc.subjectMass collaboration
dc.subjectDirect search
dc.subjectExploratory search
dc.subjectSearch
dc.subject.lcshInternet searchingen_US
dc.subject.lcshFaceted classificationen_US
dc.titleMASFA: Mass-collaborative faceted search for online communities
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentComputer Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineComputer Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US

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