Date of Award

Summer 8-16-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Yanqing Zhang

Second Advisor

Anu Bourgeois

Third Advisor

Vijay Vaishnavi

Fourth Advisor

Ying Zhu


With rapid growth of information on the Web, Web search engines have gained great momentum for exploiting valuable Web resources. Although keywords-based Web search engines provide relevant search results in response to users’ queries, future enhancement is still needed. Three important issues include (1) search results can be diverse because ambiguous keywords in queries can be interpreted to different meanings; (2) indentifying keywords in long queries is difficult for search engines; and (3) generating query-specific Web page summaries is desirable for Web search results’ previews. Based on clickthrough data, this thesis proposes a query-concept bipartite graph for representing queries’ relations, and applies the queries’ relations to applications such as (1) personalized query suggestions, (2) long queries Web searches and (3) query-specific Web page summarization. Experimental results show that query-concept bipartite graphs are useful for performance improvement for the three applications.