Choosing the right crowd: expert finding in social networks

Alessandro Bozzon, Marco Brambilla, Stefano Ceri, Matteo Silvestri, Giuliano Vesci

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Expert selection is an important aspect of many Web applications, e.g., when they aim at matching contents, tasks or advertisement based on user profiles, possibly retrieved from social networks.

This paper focuses on selecting experts within the population of social networks, according to the information about the social activities of their users. We consider the following problem: given an expertise need (expressed for instance as a natural language query) and a set of social network members, who are the most knowledgeable people for addressing that need? We considers social networks both as a source of expertise information and as a route to reach expert users, and define models and methods for evaluating people's expertise by considering their profiles and by tracing their activities in social networks. For matching queries to social resources, we use both text analysis and semantic annotation. An extensive set of experiments shows that the analysis of social activities, social relationships, and socially shared contents helps improving the effectiveness of an expert finding system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDBT '13 Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Extending Database Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1597-5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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