Using the H-Index to Estimate Blog Authority


  • José Devezas Labs SAPO/UP
  • Sérgio Nunes Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto, Universidade do Porto
  • Cristina Ribeiro Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto


Link analysis is a technique frequently used in the ranking of web sites. On the web, we often encounter content that is organized by entries, sorted from recent to old, and generally follows the structure of a blog. In this paper we explore and evaluate the usage of a bibliometrics measure, called h-index, for the task of blog ranking, in an information retrieval context. We base our experiments on the TREC Blogs08 collection, which comprises over 28 million posts. The results obtained indicate that the h-index is a robust metric that allows for an improved relevance discrimination between blogs, when compared to the in-degree. Additionally, tests performed using distinct versions of the post graph, indicate that this metric might tolerate a certain level of link clutter.




How to Cite

Devezas, J., Nunes, S., & Ribeiro, C. (2021). Using the H-Index to Estimate Blog Authority. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 5(1), 470-473. Retrieved from