Summary: Web Search Via Hub Synthesis
Anna R. Karlin
Small have continual plodders ever won save base authority
from others books.
-- William Shakespeare, Loves Labours Lost. Act i. Sc. 1.
They define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
-- George Will, On conservatives, Newsweek 30 Sep 74.
We present a model for web search that captures in a uni-
fied manner three critical components of the problem: how
the link structure of the web is generated, how the content
of a web document is generated, and how a human searcher
generates a query. The key to this unification lies in cap-
turing the correlations between these components in terms
of proximity in a shared latent semantic space. Given such
a combined model, the correct answer to a search query is
well defined, and thus it becomes possible to evaluate web