Searching with Pronouns: What are they? Coreferences in Followup Queries

At Google’s 15th anniversary celebration last summer, shortly after Hummingbird was introduced, Tamar Yehoshua, Google VP of Search, showed us conversational search at Google by first demonstrating a query asking for “pictures of the Eiffel Tower”, and then following up with the query “How tall is It?” In that second query, Google had to not … Read more Searching with Pronouns: What are they? Coreferences in Followup Queries

Google HowTo Snippets and Cooking with Semantics

Google recently started showing “Howto snippets” in search results, which tend to show the first few steps of some task, and then let you click through to a page to see more. Like the recipes above for things like guacamole: By Nikodem Nijaki (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons They have also published an interesting … Read more Google HowTo Snippets and Cooking with Semantics

Google’s Browseable Fact Repository – an Early Knowledge Graph

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At Google, when you asked a question, you could sometimes get a response providing answers to questions such as:

“When was George W. Bush’s birth-date?”.

We knew that Google could answer some questions like that, even if it might have been challenging, but we didn’t have much of a clue regarding the existence of something like Google’s Knowledge Graph until 2011. The answers we would see would sometimes be regular snippets where a word such as “birth-date” might be bolded.

Our set of 17 “related patents” that I first saw mentioned in a patent I wrote about this past Tuesday, and which was granted on August 19th, appear to have been created by a team under Andrew Hogue who was tasked to create “an annotation framework” to index more objects and facts associated with them on the web, which he would discuss more deeply during the presentation The Structured Search Engine, which is highly recommended.

He also oversaw the acquisition of MetaWeb by Google and the introduction of 25 former Meta-Web staff members from the company into Google.

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Google on Data Visualization

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How Might Google Handle Data Visualization? Yesterday, I wrote about how Google might present facts extracted from pages in timelines or maps, according to a patent application filed last week. It wasn’t the only piece of intellectual property coming out of the US Patent and Trademark Office for Google on the extraction and visualization of … Read more Google on Data Visualization