Wrapper Induction: Construct                                                      Outline:wrappers automatically to extrac...
WIEN                                                          WIEN• First wrapper induction system implemented            ...
STALKER                                                      STALKER                                                      ...
References•   Nicholas Kushmerick, Wrapper Induction: Efficiency and    expressiveness, Artificial Intelligence 118, 2000•...
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Wrapper induction construct wrappers automatically to extract information from web sources

  1. 1. Wrapper Induction: Construct Outline:wrappers automatically to extractinformation from web sources • What is wrapper • Wrapper Induction • WIEN Hongfei Qu • STALKER Computing Science Department • Remaining Questions Simon Fraser University • HTML DOM Tree • Other Related Works CMPT 882 Presentation • References March 28, 2001 What is wrapper What is wrapper• Wrapper is a procedure to extract all kinds of data • execLR(wrapper(<B>, </B>, <I>, </I>), page P): from a specific web source m=0• First find a vector of strings to delimit the extracted while there are more occurrences in P of <B> text• <HTML><TITLE>Country Codes</TITLE> m=m+1 <BODY><B>Congo</B> <I>242</I><BR> for each (lk, rk) in {(<B>, </B>), (<I>, </I>)} <B>Spain</B> <I>34</I><BR> scan in P to the next occurrence of lk in P; <HR><B>END</B></BODY></HTML> save position as bm,k• To extract pair (country, codes), we find a vector of scan in P to the next occurrence of rk in P; strings (<B>, </B>, <I>, </I>) to distinguish left & right of extracted text. save position as e m,k Return label{…(bm,1, e m,1), (bm,2, e m,2)…} Wrapper Induction Wrapper Induction• Motivations: hand-coded wrapper is • Actually we are trying to learn a vector of tedious and error-prone. How about web delimiters, which is used to instantiate some pages get changed? wrapper classes (templates), which describe• Wrapper induction –- automatically the document structure generate wrapper --- is a typical • Free text & Web pages machine learning technology. • A good wrapper induction system should be:• Input: a set E of example pages Pn and – Expressiveness: concern how the wrapper handles a particular web site the corresponding label pages Ln – Efficiency: how many samples are needed? How• Output: a wrapper w such that w(Pn) = much computational is required? Ln 1
  2. 2. WIEN WIEN• First wrapper induction system implemented • Procedure learnLR(examples E) by U. Washington. Works for both Web page for each 1<= k <=K and free text. for each u in Candl(k, E): if u is valid for the kth• WIEN defines 6 wrapper classes (templates) to attribute in E, then lk = u and terminate the loop express the structures of web sites. for each 1<= k <=K• The simplest and powerful one is LR (left- for each u in Candr(k, E): if u is valid for the kth right) wrapper class. It uses left- and right- attribute in E, then lr = u and terminate the loop hand delimiter to extract the relevant return LR wrapper(l1, r1 , …, lk, rk) information • Procedure Candl(k, E) returns candidates for lk by• To extract tuples with K attributes from a set enumerating the suffixes of the shortest string occurring of examples E, the learning algorithm is: to the left of each attribute k instances WIEN WIEN• Procedure Cand r(k, E) returns candidates for lr by • Which wrapper class do we choose for a web site? enumerating the prefixes of the shortest string • How many examples are required? PAC model occurring to the right of each attribute k instances; N: number of examples;• Each wrapper class has a set of validating constraints e: accuracy parameter. 0 < e < 1• Other wrapper classes: a: confidence parameter. 0 < a < 1 – HLRT: add head delimiter h & tail delimiter t For a learning wrapper W, if we want error(W) < e with probability at least a, the PAC model for the LR – OCLR: using open and close delimiers to indicate class is: the beginning and end of each tuple N >= 1/(1-a) * (2K*ln( R ) - ln(1 - a ) ), where R is the – HOCLRT: combination of HLRT and OCLR length of the shortest example. – N-LR and N-HLRT: handle nested structure • A way to terminate the learning precedure• Combination of 6 classes can handle 70% web sites • A loose bound compared with test results STALKER STALKER• A wrapper induction project by U. Southern • Landmarks: a sequence of tokens, argument California. Only works for Web page. of some functions.• More expressive and efficient than WIEN. SkipTo(<b>): start from beginning, skip• Treat a web page as a tree-like structure and everything until find <b> landmarks handle information extraction hierarchically SkipTo(<b>)SkipTo(<I>)• Use disjunctions to deal with the variations. • These functions represent the rules to extract Disjunctive rules are ordered lists of the information individual disjuncts. The wrapper will • Start rule: identify the beginning of an successively apply each disjunct in the list attribute until it finds one that matches • End rule: identify the end of an attribute 2
  3. 3. STALKER STALKER <body><p>Name:<b>Hongfei</b><p>ID:<b>1111</b>• These SkipTo( ) functions represent a finite <P>Address:<br><b>4000 Main St, Vancouver, BC, (604)333-3233 state machine model </b><br><b>3000 Hastings St, LA, CA, 1-805-486-5675</b></body>• Extraction rules: get information • Document Extraction rule: SkipTo(<br>)& landmark SkipTo(</body>) • Si Sj• Iteration rules: handle nested structure • Name ID List of Address Iteration rule: SkipTo(<b>) & SkipTo(</b>) landmark • • St city province area_code phone extraction rule: either Si SkipTo( ( ) or SkipTo( 1- ) • STALKER Remaining Questions• Use a sequential covering algorithm • Find more expressive model to express• STALKER(examples) document structure Set setRule be empty While there are more examples • Select only the informative examples to Get a disjunct D by learning examples learn a wrapper.(active learning? Data Remove all examples covered D mining?) Add D into setRule Return setRule • How to generate label pages automatically• STALKER can handle 90% and more efficient. instead of hand-markup?• Generate imperfect rules HTML DOM Tree Other Related Works• Using a DOM-like tree model on HTML tags • TrIAs---html tree HTML • SOFTMEALY---first use disjunction rule and Head Body finite state machine model • WISK---works for web page and free text, more Title LI LI LI expressive than WIEN, decision-making is based• The navigation methods are similar to XML on limited context. Slower. DOM tree. Only works for web pages. • SRV• Using the tree path to extract information • CRYSTAL• Also can follow the document flow like STALKER to extract information • RAPIER• Get rid of imperfect rules and more efficient 3
  4. 4. References• Nicholas Kushmerick, Wrapper Induction: Efficiency and expressiveness, Artificial Intelligence 118, 2000• Ion Muslea, Steven Minton, Craig A. Knoblock, A Hierarchical Approach to Wrapper Induction, Conference Autonomous Agents, Seattle, WA, 1999• S. Soderland, Learning information extraction rules for semi- structured and free text, Machine Learning 34, 1999• C. Hsu, M. Dung, Generating finite-state transducers for semistructured data extraction from the web, Information Systems 23, 1998• M. Bauer, D.Dengler, TrIAs—An architecture for trainable information assistants, Worksshop on AI and Information Integration, Madison, WI, 1998• D. Freitag, Information extraction from HTML: Application of a general machine learning approach, AIII-98, Madison, WI, 1998 4