In many databases, science bibliography database for example, name attribute is the most commonly chosen identifier to identify entities. However, names are often ambiguous and not always unique which cause problems in many fields. Name disambiguation is a non-trivial task in data management that aims to properly distinguish different entities which share the same name, particularly for large databases like digital libraries, as only limited information can be used to identify authors’ name. In digital libraries, ambiguous author names occur due to the existence of multiple authors with the same name or different name variations for the same person. Also known as name disambiguation, most of the previous works to solve this issue often employ hierarchical clustering approaches based on information
inside the citation records, e.g. co-authors and publication titles. In this paper, wefocus on proposing a robust hybrid name disambiguation framework that is not only applicablefor digital libraries but also can be easily extended to other application based on different data sources.Wepropose a web pages genre identification component to identify the genre of a web page, e.g. whether the page is a personal homepage.

In addition, we propose a re-clustering model based on multidimensional scaling that can further improve the performance of name disambiguation. We evaluated our approach on known corpora, and the favorable experiment results indicated that our proposed framework is feasible.


Figure : Hybrid name disambiguation framework diagram


Zhu, Y Yang, Q Xie, L Wang, Saeed-Ul-Hassan, “Robust hybrid name disambiguation framework for large databases”, Scientometrics, vol. 98, issue 3 ; Springer, 2014.

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