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Social Semantics

The Search for Meaning on the Web

Series: Semantic Web and Beyond, Vol. 13

Halpin, Harry

2013, XVI, 220 p.

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  • Presents case studies and experiments including the pioneering study of tagging systems
  • Covers performance of commercial search engines
  • Illustrates that the substance matter of this book has a robustly empirical side with an impact on industry

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web provides a unique introduction to identity and reference theories of the World Wide Web, through the academic lens of philosophy of language and data-driven statistical models. The Semantic Web is a natural evolution of the Web, and this book covers the URL-based Web architecture and Semantic Web in detail. It has a robust empirical side which has an impact on industry.

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web discusses how the largest problem facing the Semantic Web is the problem of identity and reference, and how these are the results of a larger general theory of meaning. This book hypothesizes that statistical semantics can solve these problems, illustrated by case studies ranging from a pioneering study of tagging systems to using the Semantic Web to boost the results of commercial search engines.

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web targets practitioners working in the related fields of the semantic web, search engines, information retrieval, philosophers of language and more. Advanced-level students and researchers focusing on computer science will also find this book valuable as a secondary text or reference book.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Identity - Information Retrieval - Meaning - Ontologies - Philosophy - Reference - Relevance Feedback - Search - Semantic - Semantic Web - Social Semantics - Tagging - Web Architecture

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - Database Management & Information Retrieval - General Issues - Theoretical Computer Science

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