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Considering the lame redesign and new "features" (they removed the tabs, are testing a personalization scheme that no normal human being will bother activating, and a did couple other insignificant changes — if it was anybody else nobody would even notice), it looks like Google might want to compete as a platform (for online search) [...]
Since I read this phrase for the first time today, here’s what it means: "Latent semantic indexing adds an important step to the document indexing process. In addition to recording which keywords a document contains, the method examines the document collection as a whole, to see which other documents contain some of those same words. [...]
ResearchBuzz: "Vivisimo offers their clustering in a search engine which finds eBay auctions. You can check it out at http://vivisimo.com/ebay" I tried it a couple of times, if your query retrieves lots of results (possibly due to its ambiguity) the clustering and sorting options can be useful (example). Last month something similar was put in [...]
In the light this BusinessWeek article published 2 1/2 years ago, it’s impressive (if a bit premature) to see Google’s founders now touted as billionaires in Forbes. Back in October 2001, Google ads were not syndicated on other sites, it was not even clear whether ads or intranet search appliances would fuel the company’s growth, [...]
After quickly reading through Search Beyond Google, I wonder whether any search engine looks at subsequent queries within the same web browsing session to see whether you’re trying to refine the same core search because your first attempts failed. This could be done for instance to give more weight to new keywords added, or or [...]
I didn’t see it in action yet, but I probably didn’t pay enough attention to notice.
InternetNews: Microsoft Ga-Ga Over Google? Microsoft (or Yahoo) should have bought Google two years ago. Now I’m not sure the price is going to be right. What’s more interesting in this article is this datapoint: "The company reportedly hired Paul Ryan, Overture’s former CTO, to lead its new search effort."
Amazon: Search Inside the Book "Search Inside the Book allows you to search millions of pages to find exactly the book you want to buy. Now instead of just displaying books whose title, author, or publisher-provided keywords match your search terms, your search results will surface titles based on every word inside the book." And [...]
Not terribly useful, but fun: Anacubis (radial links), Honeycomb (like SmartMoney’s square market map).
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