Querying the Web with Statistical Machine Learning


The traditional means of extracting information from the Web are keyword-based search and browsing. The Semantic Web adds structured information (i.e., semantic annotations and references) supporting both activities. One of the most interesting recent developments is Linked Open Data (LOD), where information is presented in the form of facts – often originating from published domain-specific databases – that can be accessed both by a human and a machine via specific query endpoints. In this article, we argue that machine learning provides a new way to query web data, in particular LOD, by analyzing and exploiting statistical regularities. We discuss challenges when applying machine learning to the Web and discuss the particular learning approaches we have been pursuing in THESEUS. We discuss a number of applications where the Web is queried via machine learning and describe several extensions to our approaches.

Towards the Internet of Services: The THESEUS Research Program