A Multi-Criteria Ranking Algorithm Based on the VIKOR Method for Meta-Search Engines

Mojtaba Jamshidi, Mastoreh Haji, Mohamad Reza Kamankesh, Mahya Daghineh, Abdusalam Abdulla Shaltooki

Abstract


Ranking of web pages is one of the most important parts of search engines and is, in fact, a process that through it the quality of a page is estimated by the search engine. In this study, a ranking algorithm based on VIKOR multi-criteria decision-making method for Meta-Search Engines (MSEs) was proposed. In this research, the considered MSE first will receive the suggested pages associated with the search term from eight search engines including, Teoma, Google, Yahoo!, AlltheWeb, AltaVista, Wisenut, ODP, MSN. The results, at most 10 first pages are selected from each search engine and creates the initial dataset contains 80 web pages. The proposed parser is then executed on these pages and the eight criteria including the rank of web page in the related search engine, access time, number of repetitions of search terms, positions of search term at the webpage, numbers of media at the webpage, the number of imports in the webpage, the number of incoming links, and the number of outgoing links are extracted from these web pages. Finally, by using the VIKOR method and these extracted criteria, web pages will rank and 10 top results will be provided for the user. To implement the proposed method, JAVA and MATLAB languages are used. In the experiments, the proposed method is implemented for a query and its ranking results have been compared in terms of accuracy with three famous search engine including Google, Yahoo, and MSN. The results of comparisons show that the proposed method offers higher accuracy.

Keywords


ranking; search engines; meta-search engine; multi-criteria decision-making; VIKOR method.

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