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10 Optimizations on Linear Search

The operations side of the story

by Thomas A. Limoncelli | August 8, 2016


Discrimination in Online Ad Delivery

Google ads, black names and white names, racial discrimination, and click advertising

by Latanya Sweeney | April 2, 2013


Search Considered Integral

A combination of tagging, categorization, and navigation can help end-users leverage the power of enterprise search.

by Ryan Barrows, Jim Traverso | June 30, 2006


From IR to Search, and Beyond

Searching has come a long way since the 60s, but have we only just begun?

by Ramana Rao | June 14, 2004


Building Nutch:
Open Source Search

Search engines are as critical to Internet use as any other part of the network infrastructure, but they differ from other components in two important ways. First, their internal workings are secret, unlike, say, the workings of the DNS (domain name system). Second, they hold political and cultural power, as users increasingly rely on them to navigate online content.

by Mike Cafarella, Doug Cutting | May 5, 2004


Why Writing Your Own Search Engine Is Hard

There must be 4,000 programmers typing away in their basements trying to build the next "world's most scalable" search engine. It has been done only a few times. It has never been done by a big group; always one to four people did the core work, and the big team came on to build the elaborations and the production infrastructure. Why is it so hard? We are going to delve a bit into the various issues to consider when writing a search engine. This article is aimed at those individuals or small groups that are considering this endeavor for their Web site or intranet.

by Anna Patterson | May 5, 2004


Enterprise Search: Tough Stuff

The last decade has witnessed the growth of information retrieval from a boutique discipline in information and library science to an everyday experience for billions of people around the world. This revolution has been driven in large measure by the Internet, with vendors focused on search and navigation of Web resources and Web content management. Simultaneously, enterprises have invested in networking all of their information together to the point where it is increasingly possible for employees to have a single window into the enterprise.

by Rajat Mukherjee, Jianchang Mao | May 5, 2004


Searching vs. Finding

Finding information and organizing it so that it can be found are two key aspects of any company's knowledge management strategy. Nearly everyone is familiar with the experience of searching with a Web search engine and using a search interface to search a particular Web site once you get there. (You may have even noticed that the latter often doesn't work as well as the former.) After you have a list of hits, you typically spend a significant amount of time following links, waiting for pages to download, reading through a page to see if it has what you want, deciding that it doesn't, backing up to try another link, deciding to try another way to phrase your request, et cetera.

by William A Woods | May 5, 2004


Web Search Considered Harmful

Nowadays, when you find yourself utterly disgusted by "American Idol," or any other of the latest "reality" shows on TV, you may decide, "What the heck, time to seek a slightly less horrible form of punishment: let's get on the Web."

by David J Brown | May 5, 2004


A Conversation with Matt Wells

Search is a small but intensely competitive segment of the industry, dominated for the past few years by Google. But Google's position as king of the hill is not insurmountable, says Gigablast's Matt Wells, and he intends to take his product to the top.

by Steve Kirsch | May 5, 2004