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Workshop on Text-Mining & Link-Analysis (TextLink 2007)

January 7, 2007

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To be held at IJCAI-2007, The Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, January 6-12, 2007, Hyderabad, India

Call for papers was open until September 25, 2006 The workshop aims to focus the intersection of the two still increasingly important areas of analytic research: Text-Mining and Link-Analysis. Both areas deal with so-called unstructured data representations like text and graphs sharing many similar characteristics in the context of analysis. Although both areas are very much related in the technical and the historical sense there has not been almost any events so far addressing explicitly the common problems and techniques. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to attract the scientists in the both areas resulting in getting better insights in the work of each other and potentially new ideas for future research.

Link-Analysis is an area, which developed in the last 20 years in various fields as Social Sciences (Social-Network-Analysis), Mathematics (Graph-Theory), and Computer-Science (graph as a data-structure). Recently the area got much bigger attention, especially in Data Mining / KDD community because of its wide applicability in the areas as law enforcement investigations (e.g. terrorism), fraud detection (e.g. insurance, banking), web analytics (e.g. search engines, web marketing), telecommunications (e.g. routers, traffic, connectivity).

Text-Mining area is receiving in the last 6 years growing attention mainly because of the availability of large text corpora in the electronic form and because there is lack of “intelligent” tools and techniques for solving different difficult problems appearing on the market like: information extraction, text categorization, ontology building, visualization, intelligent search, etc.

On the intersection of both fields there are many interesting problems and issues out of which both fields can benefit. Just to name some of the potential problem and application areas: trend analysis, community identification, web user profiling, media clipping, marketing, etc. The intersection of both areas also includes ideas as for instance representing text with the graph structure (which got popular in the social-networks area recently) and analytic procedures for discovering various pieces of knowledge using that kind of alternative representations. In particular, currently “hot” areas of research and applications are analysis of dynamic (evolving) datasets including text and link structure, emerging semantics from electronic social structures (blogs, emails, folksonomies, social bookmarking, Wikipedia etc.)

The broader context of the workshop can be related in some respect to the areas of Data-Mining, Machine-Learning, Semantic-Web, Information Retrieval, Natural-Language-Processing, Social-Networks-Analysis and general Graph-Theory.

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Topics of interest

Particular topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

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Workshop Program

The workshop consists of invited talk, presentation of refereed papers, and discussions. We hope that the program will stimulate future collaboration among researchers

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Submissions

Submissions should be sent by  September 25, 2006, in electronic form as a PDF file, to marko.grobelnik@ijs.si. Please ensure you include the following text in your email subject: “TextLink-2007 Workshop submission”.

Submissions are limited to a maximum of 10 pages. Papers should be formatted according to LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format (templates can be found at Springer-Verlag LNCS Authors’ Instructions page). Authors are strongly encouraged to use LaTeX2e, although Word files, in PDF format, will also be accepted. The reviews will not be blind so authors should include their full contact information in the papers. Submitted papers will be reviewed by referees from the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the Workshop proceedings.

Notification of acceptance and rejection will be sent by October 23, 2006.

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2006
Acceptance Notification: November 3, 2006
Camera-ready Copies: November 10, 2006
Workshop date: January 7, 2007

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Attendance

Attendance is not limited to the paper authors. The workshop should be interesting primarily for researchers, students and company people working in the research and application areas dealing with various aspects of data analysis and rich data & knowledge representations.

We expect that, the workshop will attract people from the areas and sub areas of:

Our assumption is that the topic will attract people already being present at the IJCAI and being interested in Data-Mining, Machine-Learning and Natural-Language-Processing. We expect that there might be also some additional participants just because of the workshop topics from Social-Network-Analysis area which otherwise would not come to the IJCAI.

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Organization

Program Chairs

Marko Grobelnik
J.Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Natasa Milic-Frayling
Microsoft Research Ltd, 7 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FB, United Kingdom

Dunja Mladenic
J.Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Program Committee

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Past events

We feel that the continuity of meeting and exchanging ideas is essential for effective promotion and development of this research area.

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