Tuesday, May 23, 2006

BLOGRANGER - A Multi-Faceted Blog Search Engine

Ko Fujimura, Hiroyuki Toda, Takafumi Inoue, Nobuaki Hiroshima, Ryoji Kataoka and Masayuki Sugizaki

Topics mentioned in blogspace are biased towards interesting/funny or entertainment-related topics compared to articles in the generic web space and there are many personal opinions on products or services. Making good use of these characteristics, we introduce a new blog search engine that provides multiple interfaces, each targeted at a different goal, e.g., topic search, blogger search, and reputation search. To evaluate the effectiveness of the system, we conducted a user survey and collected 2191 answers. For the specific search conducted, BLOGRANGER was seen to be superior to general web search by the ratio of 2 to 1.


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