Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Computer Science

First Advisor

Park, Young-Gil,


Computer Science.




Explosive increase of global wide web using has led to "web searches" as one of the most important tasks in our daily lives. However, most web users discover that only a few results are valuable among thousands of results returned. The purpose of this thesis is to derive a new and improved way of web searching. To that end, research aimed at solving the above mentioned problems and surveying the methodologies or approaches adapted to them was found first. Some research papers give hints that help analyze user requirements for web searches. This survey on background research papers and user requirement analyses is one basis of my thesis. Another research area related to Formal Concept Analysis that is the theoretical background of my thesis is also surveyed. Following the research papers surveyed, a new searching methodology, the advanced web searching methodology based on formal concept analysis, is proposed. A lattice derived from the Formal Concept Analysis gives dynamic and interactive aspects to the new niche search engine. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .K56. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0724. Adviser: Young-Gil Park. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.