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Pappa, Sara T. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can cause some types of cancer and is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. Because most people turn to the internet for health information, this study analyzed HPV information found online. A content analysis was conducted on 69 web search results (URLs) from Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask. The…
Descriptors: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immunization Programs, Content Analysis, Web Sites
Ding, Shuai – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The inverted index is the main data structure used by all the major search engines. Search engines build an inverted index on their collection to speed up query processing. As the size of the web grows, the length of the inverted list structures, which can easily grow to hundreds of MBs or even GBs for common terms (roughly linear in the size of…
Descriptors: Search Engines, Internet, Indexes, Information Retrieval
Grady, Jonathan P. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Social bookmarking systems allow people to create pointers to Web resources in a shared, Web-based environment. These services allow users to add free-text labels, or "tags", to their bookmarks as a way to organize resources for later recall. Ease-of-use, low cognitive barriers, and a lack of controlled vocabulary have allowed social…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Hypermedia, Web 2.0 Technologies
Bhatia, Sumit – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Online discussion forums have become popular in recent times. They provide a platform for people from different parts of the world sharing a common interest to come together and topics of mutual interest and seek solutions to their problems. There are hundreds of thousands of internet forums containing tens of millions of discussion threads and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion Groups, Internet
Guo, Qi – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Billions of people interact with Web search engines daily and their interactions provide valuable clues about their interests and preferences. While modeling search behavior, such as queries and clicks on results, has been found to be effective for various Web search applications, the effectiveness of the existing approaches are limited by…
Descriptors: Search Engines, Internet, Intention, Inferences
Germain, Carol Anne – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Citation is a highly valued practice in the academic community. This mechanism supports an author's ideas, theories, and research; it acknowledges the scholarly contributions of others; and integrates academic works to enrich scholarly communication. Well-constructed citations, in addition to providing the appropriate bibliographic information…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Graduate Students, Doctoral Dissertations
Kim, Yong-Mi – ProQuest LLC, 2011
In recent years, tags have become a standard feature on a diverse range of sites on the Web, accompanying blog posts, photos, videos, and online news stories. Tags are descriptive terms attached to Internet resources. Despite the rapid adoption of tagging, how people use tags during the search process is not well understood. There is little…
Descriptors: Information Retrieval, Internet, Video Technology, Web Sites
McCoy, Joseph C. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Use of Internet marketing techniques in higher education to attract prospective students is relatively new. While the research is recent, there are several studies that identify what is most valuable to students seeking information on college web sites. Higher education is now facing increasing competition from for-profit schools and reduced…
Descriptors: Expertise, Higher Education, Online Courses, Search Engines
Shin, Youngsang – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The Web is large and expanding, making it challenging to attract new visitors to websites. Website operators often use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques to boost the search engine rankings of their sites, thereby maximizing the inflow of visitors. Malicious operators take SEO to the extreme through many unsavory techniques that are often…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Search Engines, Electronic Publishing
Gattegno, Eliot Aron – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In today's world of too much information, context--not content--is king. This proposal is for the development of an unparalleled sonic analysis tool that converts audio files into musical score notation and a Web site (API) to collect manage and preserve information about the musical sounds analyzed, as well as music scores, videos, and articles…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Music, Search Engines, Musical Instruments
Eno, Joshua – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Virtual worlds, which allow users to create and interact with content in a 3D, multi-user environment, growing and becoming more integrated with the traditional flat web. However, little is empirically known about the content users create in virtual world and how it can be indexed and searched effectively. In order to gain a better understanding…
Descriptors: Search Engines, Measures (Individuals), Internet, Artificial Intelligence
Nagasinghe, Iranga – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This thesis investigates and develops a few acceleration techniques for the search engine algorithms used in PageRank and HITS computations. PageRank and HITS methods are two highly successful applications of modern Linear Algebra in computer science and engineering. They constitute the essential technologies accounted for the immense growth and…
Descriptors: Graphs, Search Engines, Engineering, Computer Science
Dragut, Eduard Constantin – ProQuest LLC, 2010
An increasing number of Web sites expose their content via query interfaces, many of them offering the same type of products/services (e.g., flight tickets, car rental/purchasing). They constitute the so-called "Deep Web". Accessing the content on the Deep Web has been a long-standing challenge for the database community. For a user interested in…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Search Engines, Information Retrieval
Bajracharya, Sushil Krishna – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Internet-Scale code retrieval deals with the representation, storage, and access of relevant source code from a large amount of source code available on the Internet. Internet-Scale code retrieval systems support common emerging practices among software developers related to finding and reusing source code. In this dissertation we focus on some…
Descriptors: Semantics, Search Engines, Engines, Measures (Individuals)
Ahmad, Altaf – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This dissertation involved the development of a new construct, perceived privacy breach (PPB), to evaluate how a person perceives breaches of privacy in terms of whether they perceive any exchange of information was fair or not and how they believe it will impact people whose information has been shared. . This instrument assists researchers to…
Descriptors: Privacy, Computer Use, Individual Psychology, Search Engines
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