Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 74, Issue 16, pp 6209–6227 | Cite as

Ranking algorithm for book reviews with user tendency and collective intelligence

  • Heungmo Ryang
  • Unil YunEmail author
  • Gwangbum Pyun
  • Gangin Lee
  • Jiwon Kim


IR (Information Retrieval) systems search for important documents on the internet by measuring the importance of them. For this purpose, various ranking techniques were proposed. In this paper, we propose ReviewRank and ReviewRank+, which are ranking techniques for estimating usefulness of book reviews based on the tendency of users. With an increasing number of people buying books online, reviews written by other people have become more significant. General ranking techniques measure the importance of documents based on references or quotations between them through hyperlinks. However, the techniques are not suitable for ranking book reviews since they were developed for general purposes. In this paper, we analyze the characteristics of meaningful book reviews based on voluntary evaluation of people and propose measures for considering the importance. We also suggest an algorithm for ranking reviews. Experimental results show that our approaches outperform both previous general and specific (searching book reviews) ranking techniques.


Book review Information retrieval Ranking technique Collective intelligent 



This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (NRF No. 2013–005682 and 2008–0062611).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heungmo Ryang
    • 1
  • Unil Yun
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gwangbum Pyun
    • 1
  • Gangin Lee
    • 1
  • Jiwon Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer EngineeringSejong UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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