Decentralized Web Search
Haque, Md Rakibul
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Centrally controlled search engines will not be sufficient and reliable for indexing and searching the rapidly growing World Wide Web in near future. A better solution is to enable the Web to index itself in a decentralized manner. Existing distributed approaches for ranking search results do not provide flexible searching, complete results and ranking with high accuracy. This thesis presents a decentralized Web search mechanism, named DEWS, which enables existing webservers to collaborate with each other to form a distributed index of the Web. DEWS can rank the search results based on query keyword relevance and relative importance of websites in a distributed manner preserving a hyperlink overlay on top of a structured P2P overlay. It also supports approximate matching of query keywords using phonetic codes and n-grams along with list decoding of a linear covering code. DEWS supports incremental retrieval of search results in a decentralized manner which reduces network bandwidth required for query resolution. It uses an efficient routing mechanism extending the Plexus routing protocol with a message aggregation technique. DEWS maintains replica of indexes, which reduces routing hops and makes DEWS robust to webservers failure. The standard LETOR 3.0 dataset was used to validate the DEWS protocol. Simulation results show that the ranking accuracy of DEWS is close to the centralized case, while network overhead for collaborative search and indexing is logarithmic on network size. The results also show that DEWS is resilient to changes in the available pool of indexing webservers and works efficiently even in the presence of heavy query load.
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Md Rakibul Haque (2012). Decentralized Web Search. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/6795