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Automatic mapping of user tags to Wikipedia concepts: the case of a Q & A website - StackOverflow

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posted on 2022-10-05, 10:01 authored by Arash Joorabchi, MICHAEL ENGLISHMICHAEL ENGLISH, ABDULHUSSAIN MAHDIABDULHUSSAIN MAHDI
The uncontrolled nature of user-assigned tags makes them prone to various inconsistencies caused by spelling variations, synonyms, acronyms, and hyponyms. These inconsistencies in turn lead to some of the common problems associated with the use of folksonomies such as the tag explosion phenomenon. Mapping user tags to their corresponding Wikipedia articles, as well-formed concepts, offers multi-facet benefits to the process of subject metadata generation and management in a wide range of online environments. These include normalization of inconsistencies, elimination of personal tags, and improvement of the interchangeability of existing subject metadata. In this article, we propose a machine learning-based method capable of automatic mapping of user tags to their equivalent Wikipedia concepts. We have demonstrated the application of the proposed method and evaluated its performance using the currently most popular computer programming Q&A website, StackOverflow.com, as our test platform. Currently, around 20 million posts in StackOverflow are annotated with about 37,000 unique user tags, from which we have chosen a subset of 1,256 tags to evaluate the accuracy performance of our proposed mapping method. We have evaluated the performance of our method using the standard information retrieval measures of precision, recall, and F1. Depending on the machine learning-based classification algorithm used as part of the mapping process, F1 scores as high as 99.6% were achieved.

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Journal of Information Science;41 (5), pp. 570-583

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SAGE Publications

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peer-reviewed

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English

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  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering

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