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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Brett J. Borghetti, PhD


Users often sacrifice personal data for more relevant search results, presenting a problem to communities that desire both search anonymity and relevant results. To balance these priorities, this research examines the impact of using Siamese networks to extend word embeddings into document embeddings and detect similarities between documents. The predicted similarity can locally re-rank search results provided from various sources. This technique is leveraged to limit the amount of information collected from a user by a search engine. A prototype is produced by applying the methodology in a real-world search environment. The prototype yielded an additional function of finding new documents related to a provided sample document. The prototype is evaluated using real-world search examples. Results indicate that the Siamese network can produce document embeddings superior to current encoders like the Universal Sentence Encoder. Results also show the promising performance of the prototype in improving search relevancy while limiting user data transmission.

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