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Excerpt: Genre Connectivity and Genre Drift in a Web of Genres

Genre Connectivity and Genre Drift in a Web of Genres by Lennart Björneborn In: Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini Text, Speech and Language Technology Volume 42, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9178-9 Abstract The chapter outlines an exploratory empirical investigation of genre connectivity in an academic web space, i.e., how web page genres are connected by links. The data set contained source and target pages on shortest link paths between different topical domains at UK universities. The pages were categorized into 9 institutional and 8 personal genre classes (bundled genre categories). Most frequent genre pairs were institutional link lists linking to institutional homepages and personal link lists linking to personal publications. Some genres function as “hook” genres being outlink-prone (e.g. link lists) and some as inlink-prone “lug” genres (e.g. … Read entire article »

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Excerpt: Cross-Testing a Genre Classification Model for the Web

Cross-Testing a Genre Classification Model for the Web by Marina Santini In: Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini Text, Speech and Language Technology Volume 42, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9178-9 Abstract The main aim of the experiments described in this chapter is to explore how to assess the robustness of genre models for the web. For this purpose, a simple genre model is presented and cross-tested with four genre collections. In this difficult experimental setting, the model shows some stability and its results are in line with other current genre-enabled applications. The model provides some insights into open issues in AGI on the web. In particular, it shows that we know very little about the effect of noise on genre classification results. The set of experiments presented here offers … Read entire article »

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Chapter Excerpt: Riding the Rough Waves of Genre on the Web

Riding the Rough Waves of Genre on the Web Concepts and Research Questions Marina Santini, Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff In: Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini Text, Speech and Language Technology Volume 42, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9178-9 1 Why is Genre Important? Genre, in the most generic definition, takes the meaning “kind; sort; style” (OED). A more specialised definition of genre in OED reads: “A particular style or category of works of art; esp. a type of literary work characterised by a particular form, style, or purpose.”. Similar definitions are found in other dictionaries, for instance, OALD reads “a particular type or style of literature, art, film or music that you can recognise because of its special features”. Broadly speaking, then, generalising from lexicographic definitions, genre can be seen … Read entire article »

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