IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks 2005

Web Content Management by Self-Organization

By Richard Freeman and Hujun Yin


We present a new method for content management and knowledge discovery using a topology-preserving neural network. The method, termed Topological Organization of Content (TOC), can generate a taxonomy of topics from a set of unannotated, unstructured documents. The TOC consists of a hierarchy of self-organizing growing chains, each of which can develop independently in terms of size and topics. The dynamic development process is validated continuously using a proposed entropy-based Bayesian information criterion. Each chain meeting the criterion spans child chains, with reduced vocabularies and increased specializations. This results in a topological tree hierarchy, which can be browsed like a table of contents directory or web portal. A brief review is given on existing methods for document clustering and organization, and clustering validation measures. The proposed approach has been tested and compared with several existing methods on real world web page datasets. The results have clearly demonstrated the advantages and efficiency in content organization of the proposed method in terms of computational cost and representation. The TOC can be easily adapted for large-scale applications. The topology provides a unique, additional feature for retrieving related topics and confining the search space.


Document categorization, taxonomy generation, information retrieval, content management, topic hierarchy, self-organizing maps, topological tree structure, hierarchical clustering, Bayesian Information Criterion
neural networks.

Bibliographic Details

   Author = {Freeman, Richard and Yin, Hujun},
   Title = {Web Content Management by Self-Organization},
   Journal = {IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks},
   Volume = {16},
    Number = {5},
   Pages = {1256-1268},
   Year = {2005} }