How well would a food search engine work on the Web? One that lets you search for meals available at local restaurants, or through recipes, or at local markets where you could find the ingredients to make your meal? What if it provided information about each dish based upon flavors such as saltiness or bitterness, … Read more Yahoo Cooking with Gas: Food Search on the Web
The amount of pages on the Web that a search engine could try to index is extremely large, and the approaches that search engines attempt to use to index and rank those pages is mostly an automated effort, but that doesn’t mean that the search engines don’t have people take a look at search results, … Read more How a Search Engine Might Use a Searcher’s Knowledge, Interests, and Education to Rerank and Validate Search Results
When you do a search for some terms over at Google, you might get a mix of results from different types of searches, including Web pages, news stories, images, videos, book listings, and others. That mix of results is known as Universal Search. While we’ve been seeing results like this for over a year, we … Read more How Google Universal Search and Blended Results May Work
Some surprising news came out a few weeks ago that Microsoft was canceling their book scanning and search program. Google’s book search continues on, and provides an opportunity to find digital copies of books online. You can also create a library of books of your own choosing at Google, with some aspects of a virtual … Read more Google’s Virtual Bookshelf Plans?
Web pages can contain a lot of information about various types of objects such as products, people, papers, organizations, and so on. Information about those objects may be spread out on different pages, at different sites, in different blocks of those pages. For example, a page may host a product review of a particular model … Read more How Search Engines Can Do Object Block Ranking