Document Clustering using Semantic Cliques Aggregation

Ajit Kumar, I-Jen Chiang

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The search engines are indispensable tools to find information amidst massive web pages and documents. A good search engine needs to retrieve information not only in a shorter time, but also relevant to the users’ queries. Most search engines provide short time retrieval to user queries; however, they provide a little guarantee of precision even to the highly detailed users’ queries. In such cases, documents clustering centered on the subject and contents might improve search results. This paper presents a novel method of document clustering, which uses semantic clique. First, we extracted the Features from the documents. Later, the associations between frequently co-occurring terms were defined, which were called as semantic cliques. Each connected component in the semantic clique represented a theme. The documents clustered based on the theme, for which we designed an aggregation algorithm. We evaluated the aggregation algorithm effectiveness using four kinds of datasets. The result showed that the semantic clique based document clustering algorithm performed significantly better than traditional clustering algorithms such as Principal Direction Divisive Partitioning (PDDP), k-means, Auto-Class, and Hierarchical Clustering (HAC). We found that the Semantic Clique Aggregation is a potential model to represent association rules in text and could be immensely useful for automatic document clustering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-40
JournalJournal of Computer and Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Theme
  • Aggregation
  • Association
  • Semantic Clique
  • Document Clustering


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