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Query Understanding and Chatbots
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Query Understanding and Chatbots

In this series, I’ve focused on the context of traditional search applications, which are the main beneficiaries of better query understanding. But given the rapid...

Query Understanding and Voice Interfaces
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Query Understanding and Voice Interfaces

On the surface, using a voice interface for search doesn’t seem that different from typing text into a search box.Converting speech to text and vice versa is aAmazon...

Indeed, there are lots of challenges with faceted search in practice.
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Indeed, there are lots of challenges with faceted search in practice.

Indeed, there are lots of challenges with faceted search in practice.With regard to the three problems you raise:1) I agree that faceted search has a way of unlocking...

Question Answering
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Question Answering

When we talk about search, we have traditionally thought in terms of search results being documents or products. Searchers, however, increasingly think of search...

Search Results Clustering
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Search Results Clustering

Search queries that express broad intent often return intractably large result sets. We’ve already discussed faceted search as a way to help users narrow theirScatter...

Search Result Snippets
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Search Result Snippets

Search result snippets, also known as query-biased summaries, are the additional context included with each result on the search results page. They are an essential...

Search Results Presentation
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Search Results Presentation

Until now, we’ve mostly focused on query processing — which is to be expected, given that this series is about query understanding. But given that searchers are...

Great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Excited to read the rest of the series.
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Great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Excited to read the rest of the series.

Great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Excited to read the rest of the series.

Faceted Search
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Faceted Search

Faceted search is a topic broad enough to deserve its own book. It has become a standard feature of all modern search engines, including open-source platforms like...

I didn’t say it’s illegal for search engines, hiQ, or anyone else to attempt to attempt to index…
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I didn’t say it’s illegal for search engines, hiQ, or anyone else to attempt to attempt to index…

I didn’t say it’s illegal for search engines, hiQ, or anyone else to attempt to attempt to index the LinkedIn public profiles. Quite the opposite.Here’s what I said...

Thanks Randy!
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Thanks Randy!

Thanks Randy! And I promise I’ll discuss some of the issues of mobile and voice interfaces in future posts.

Relevance Feedback
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Relevance Feedback

The idea of modeling search as a conversation has been around for decades. One of the oldest ideas in information retrieval is relevance feedback, which dates back...

I see that you object to my sentence that “When users opt to make their profiles “public”, they do…
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I see that you object to my sentence that “When users opt to make their profiles “public”, they do…

I see that you object to my sentence that “When users opt to make their profiles “public”, they do so with the expectation that their public profile will appear...

Thank you for the kind words.
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Thank you for the kind words.

Thank you for the kind words. As for your second point, Nick Bostrom defines “superintelligence” as “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains...

An interesting topic! I have seen sites with functionality along these lines:
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An interesting topic! I have seen sites with functionality along these lines:

An interesting topic! I have seen sites with functionality along these lines: Travel sites that inform you whether you can get better prices if your dates are flexible...

Clarification Dialogues
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Clarification Dialogues

As we saw in the previous post, modeling search as a conversation makes it possible to overcome breakdowns in communication between the searcher and the searchspelling...

Search as a Conversation
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Search as a Conversation

Most search applications assume a query-response paradigm: the searcher submits a search query, and the search engine responds with results. The query-responseprecision...

Thanks. If you’re interested in this area, I suggest you read the series of posts I’ve been writing…
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Thanks. If you’re interested in this area, I suggest you read the series of posts I’ve been writing…

Thanks. If you’re interested in this area, I suggest you read the series of posts I’ve been writing at queryunderstanding.com. Those do include more references,...

Better Search through Better Queries
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Better Search through Better Queries

I spend a lot of time helping companies improve their search engines. Much of my work involves returning better results for their users’ search queries. But there...

Personalization
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Personalization

In 1964, information science pioneer William Goffman said:Relevance is defined as a measure of information conveyed by a document relative to a query…[but] thecontext...
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