AIRWeb 2007 Papers Released

The AIRWeb 2007 papers have just been released.

Adversarial Information Retrieval is defined as:

Adversarial Information Retrieval addresses tasks such as gathering, indexing, filtering, retrieving and ranking information from collections wherein a subset has been manipulated maliciously. On the Web, the predominant form of such manipulation is “search engine spamming” or spamdexing, i.e., malicious attempts to influence the outcome of ranking algorithms, aimed at getting an undeserved high ranking for some items in the collection. There is an economic incentive to rank higher in search engines, considering that a good ranking on them is strongly correlated with more traffic, which often translates to more revenue.

Basically how to identify spam on the web, always a useful thing for any search engine to do.

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