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Document Retrieval and Ranking using Similarity Graph Mean Hitting Times

Dunlavy, Daniel D.; Chew, Peter A.

We present a novel approach to information retrieval and document analysis based on graph analytic methods. Traditional information retrieval methods use a set of terms to define a query that is applied against a document corpus to identify the documents most related to those terms. In contrast, we define a query as a set of documents of interest and apply the query by computing mean hitting times between this set and all other documents on a document similarity graph abstraction of the semantic relationships between all pairs of documents. We present the steps of our approach along with a simple example application illustrating how this approach can be used to find documents related to two or more documents or topics of interest.