15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  July 21-26 2002     Lyon     France  

ECAI-2002 Conference Paper

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Multi-Pattern Wrappers for Relation Extraction from the Web

Benjamin Habegger, Mohamed Quafafou

Numerous sources of data are available on the web, for instance, product catalogs, multiple directories, conference and event sites, etc. The extraction of information from the content of these sources is a challenging problem and a hard task since they are heterogeneous and dynamic. This paper presents a new method for extracting wrappers and relations from the web using both page encoding and context generalization. Its starting point is a training set of instances of the relation the user wishes to extract. Multiple patterns are then extracted considering the occurrences of the input instances in the data source. The generalization of these patterns allows us to identify new occurrence of the relation in the same data source. The main features of this method are its genericity and robustness faced to the diversity of sources. Its efficiency is shown by the experimental results on different sources, i.e., search engines, shopping, product catalogs, paper listings, etc.

Keywords: Information Extraction, Wrapper Induction, Relation Discovery, Machine Learning

Citation: Benjamin Habegger, Mohamed Quafafou: Multi-Pattern Wrappers for Relation Extraction from the Web. In F. van Harmelen (ed.): ECAI2002, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2002, pp.395-399.

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ECAI-2002 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the UniversitÚ Claude Bernard and INSA, Lyon, on behalf of Association Franšaise pour l'Intelligence Artificielle.