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User Profile Matching in Social Networks

, , and . Proceedings of the 2010 13th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, page 297--304. Washington, DC, USA, IEEE Computer Society, (2010)

Abstract

Inter-social networks operations and functionalities are required in several scenarios (data integration, data enrichment, information retrieval, etc.). To achieve this, matching user profiles is required. Current methods are so restrictive and do not consider all the related problems. Particularly, they assume that two profiles describe the same physical person only if the values of their Inverse Functional Property or IFP (e.g. the email address, homepage, etc.) are the same. However, the observed trend in social networks is not fully compatible with this assumption since users tend to create more than one social network account (for personal use, for work, etc.) while using same or different email addresses. In this work, we address the problem of matching user profiles in its globality by providing a suitable matching framework able to consider all the profile’s attributes. Our framework allows users to give more importance to some attributes and assign each attribute a different similarity measure. The set of experiments conducted with our default/recommended attribute/similarity measures shows the superiority of our proposal in comparison with current ones.

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