Yahoo Phrase Based Indexing in a Nutshell

Search engines are getting smarter about the phrases that they see and understand online, and Yahoo recently published a patent application that describes a number of the ways that they learn about and understand the use of phrases in documents on the Web. Exploring how Yahoo might use phrases to rerank search results may show … Read more Yahoo Phrase Based Indexing in a Nutshell

Microsoft on Reranking Search Results Based Upon Your Calendar

Many patent filings and papers from the search engines discuss ways that they might shuffle around search results to try to provide more relevant responses to people’s searches. Imagine a search engine changing around the results that you see, not based upon the time that a page is published, but rather on some estimate of … Read more Microsoft on Reranking Search Results Based Upon Your Calendar

Yahoo on Collecting User Data for Web Site Profiling

Recently I wrote about a Yahoo adaptation of PageRank, called User Sensitive PageRank, which required that a lot of data be collected about visitors to web sites, including their clicking and browsing habits. A couple of Yahoo patent applications from last week refer to User Sensitive PageRank while describing the collection of user data and … Read more Yahoo on Collecting User Data for Web Site Profiling