Google on Aggregating Ad Data, Yahoo Messes with Map Reduce, Microsoft Explores Hierarchical Tagging

I don’t always have time to dig as deeply as I like into some of the patent filings that I uncover each week, and end up not writing about some interesting things that the search engines come out with. Instead of not mentioning those at all, I think I might try to do a weekly … Read more Google on Aggregating Ad Data, Yahoo Messes with Map Reduce, Microsoft Explores Hierarchical Tagging

How Search Engines Can Learn From Looking at Sequences of Search Queries

Whenever someone searches at a search engine, they not only get information in response to their search, but they also provide information to the search engine about the things they are searching for – information which the search engine might find useful in helping other searchers. If that searcher performs another search related to their … Read more How Search Engines Can Learn From Looking at Sequences of Search Queries

Phone Keyboards and Seachers Using Predictive Query Suggestions

A few years back, finding myself stranded on the side of the road with a broken down pickup truck and being over an hour’s drive from home, I convinced myself to finally get a mobile phone. I didn’t necessarily want to have a phone hanging at my side all of the time, and I didn’t … Read more Phone Keyboards and Seachers Using Predictive Query Suggestions

How Search Engines May Substitute Search Terms for Yours

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When you search for something at a search engine, the search engine might not just try to find pages on the web which match the keywords that you searched with, but may first try to expand upon those keywords by finding similar or related terms, and may substitute search terms for the ones you have … Read more How Search Engines May Substitute Search Terms for Yours

Community Tagging and Ranking in Images of Landmarks

In addition to collecting a lot of information about the Web by using crawling programs to index content across the internet, search engines can learn a lot about pages and images and videos and other objects on the web by watching what we choose when we search, by seeing how we browse web pages through … Read more Community Tagging and Ranking in Images of Landmarks