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Integrating Structured Metadata with Relational Affinity Propagation
Anon Plangprasopchok, Kristina Lerman, Lise Getoor

Last modified: 2010-07-07


Structured and semi-structured data describing entities, taxonomies and ontologies appears in many domains. There is a huge interest in integrating structured information from multiple sources; however integrating structured data to infer complex common structures is a difficult task because the integration must aggregate similar structures while avoiding structural inconsistencies that may appear when the data is combined. In this work, we study the integration of structured social metadata: shallow personal hierarchies specified by many individual users on the Social Web, and focus on inferring a collection of integrated, consistent taxonomies. We frame this task as an optimization problem with structural constraints. We propose a new inference algorithm, which we refer to as Relational Affinity Propagation (RAP) that extends affinity propagation(Frey and Dueck, 2007) by introducing structural constraints. We validate the approach on a real-world social media dataset, collected from the photosharing website Flickr. Our empirical results show that our proposed approach is able to construct deeper and denser structures compared to an approach using only the standard affinity propagation algorithm.


Affinity Propagation; Metadata; Taxonomy

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