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Putting Users Back In Control
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Putting Users Back In Control

Francis Fukuyama, Barak Richman, and Ashish Goel recently published a piece in Foreign Affairs, which they ambitiously titled “How to Save Democracy From Technology...

Facets of Faceted Search
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Facets of Faceted Search

Faceted search is a fascinating topic. It’s a standard feature of site search, and one could write an entire book on the subject. In this post, I’ll focus on some...

Expanding on Explore-Exploit
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Expanding on Explore-Exploit

A few years ago, I proposed a non-adversarial ad-supported model: an explore-exploit model, applicable to search engines and feeds, that aligns the interests of...

Wolf, thank you for these additional points.
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Wolf, thank you for these additional points.

Wolf, thank you for these additional points. I agree that Peter Norvig’s post, while very educational, is a starting point to learn about spelling correction but...

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!
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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

In 1984, Robin Williams starred in Moscow on the Hudson as a Russian saxophonist who decides to defect from the USSR during a shopping trip to a New York department...

Learning from Friction to Improve the Search Experience
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Learning from Friction to Improve the Search Experience

When we design search applications, we aspire to make the user experience frictionless. A search engine should “just work”, enabling searchers to easily express...

Thanks. And sorry that slide was cryptically brief.
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Thanks. And sorry that slide was cryptically brief.

Thanks. And sorry that slide was cryptically brief. What I mean is that spelling correction should not restrict itself to correcting each token separately. Many...

In this case, I’m imagining that the only match of the string “black” against one of the attributes…
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In this case, I’m imagining that the only match of the string “black” against one of the attributes…

In this case, I’m imagining that the only match of the string “black” against one of the attributes is for the “color” attribute. If the string matches multiple...

The typical integration approach I’ve seen is to use a separate query rewriting service that then…
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The typical integration approach I’ve seen is to use a separate query rewriting service that then…

The typical integration approach I’ve seen is to use a separate query rewriting service that then either filter the Solr query to the preferred categories / attributes...

If the results for two queries expressing the same intent are similar, then they should map to…
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If the results for two queries expressing the same intent are similar, then they should map to…

If the results for two queries expressing the same intent are similar, then they should map to similar vectors. If not, then it’s more complicated. You might still...

Indeed, the devil is in the details, But I can tell you that I’ve successfully used this idea to…
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Indeed, the devil is in the details, But I can tell you that I’ve successfully used this idea to…

Indeed, the devil is in the details, But I can tell you that I’ve successfully used this idea to drive lift for my clients, and I recommend exploring it.

As I suggested in the post, you can use the embeddings of result titles for the results searchers…
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As I suggested in the post, you can use the embeddings of result titles for the results searchers…

As I suggested in the post, you can use the embeddings of result titles for the results searchers engage with when they perform the query. I realize that the devil...

I’ve written a few posts that at least touch on voice interfaces:
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I’ve written a few posts that at least touch on voice interfaces:

I’ve written a few posts that at least touch on voice interfaces: Query Understanding and Voice Interfaces Why Voice isn’t Selling…Yet Query Understanding and Chatbots...

Search Queries and Search Intent
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Search Queries and Search Intent

Mapping Search Queries To Search IntentsEvaluating and improving search experience starts with analyzing the queries searchers are making. But search queries are...

MMM, Search!
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MMM, Search!

This morning, I had the pleasure of being hosted by Grant Ingersoll to talk about search with his team at the Wikimedia Foundation.Wikipedia is an indispensable...

Opportunity Analysis for Search
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Opportunity Analysis for Search

I’m a big fan of opportunity analysis. I’ve seen far too many organizations underinvest in opportunity analysis and thus waste enormous — and avoidable — effort...

Thank you for the kind words!
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Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you for the kind words!If I follow you, then you are pointing out that, by generating revenue through promoted search, a business can funnel that revenue...

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up
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Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

My post on promoted search results drew some pointed feedback. People asked me what kind of promoted search behavior I deem acceptable, as well as whether I saw...

Thoughts on Promoted Search Results
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Thoughts on Promoted Search Results

I’m not a fan of ads. So you might expect me to be violently opposed to promoted search results — search engine results that are optimized for something other than...

When There’s No Conversion Rate
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When There’s No Conversion Rate

If your business depends on search, it’s critical to track search effectiveness using an evaluation methodology. In my experience, most organizations rely on implicit...
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