CollabSeer: A search engine for collaboration discovery

Hung Hsuan Chen, Liang Gou, Xiaolong Zhang, Clyde Lee Giles

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Collaborative research has been increasingly popular and important in academic circles. However, there is no open platform available for scholars or scientists to effectively discover potential collaborators. This paper discusses CollabSeer, an open system to recommend potential research collaborators for scholars and scientists. CollabSeer discovers collaborators based on the structure of the coauthor network and a user's research interests. Currently, three different network structure analysis methods that use vertex similarity are supported in CollabSeer: Jaccard similarity, cosine similarity, and our relation strength similarity measure. Users can also request a recommendation by selecting a topic of interest. The topic of interest list is determined by CollabSeer's lexical analysis module, which analyzes the key phrases of previous publications. The CollabSeer system is highly modularized making it easy to add or replace the network analysis module or users' topic of interest analysis module. CollabSeer integrates the results of the two modules to recommend collaborators to users. Initial experimental results over a subset of the CiteSeerX database show that CollabSeer can efficiently discover prospective collaborators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJCDL'11 - Proceedings of the 2011 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
Event11th Annual International ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL'11 - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Duration: Jun 13 2011Jun 17 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
ISSN (Print)1552-5996


Other11th Annual International ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL'11
CityOttawa, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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