A framework for enhancing non context-driven XML search

Kamal Taha, Ramez Elmasri

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A data element specifies one of the characteristics of its parent element. Therefore, the context of a data element is determined by its parent. Non context driven search engines build relationships between data nodes based solely on their labels and proximity to one another while overlooking their contexts. Therefore, they may return faulty answers. This paper investigates the pitfalls and limitations of non context-driven XML search engines, which caused by overlooking elements' contexts. We propose a generic context-driven search framework, which could be used as a layer on top of the frameworks of non context-driven search systems.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Digital Information Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Contextdriven search system
  • Keyword search
  • XML
  • XML search engine


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