A better way to search for science !
eped at online.no
Sun May 20 03:05:42 EST 2001
To get a feel for the power of this new way of searching, go to
http://www.search4science.com and follow these simple steps:
1. Type in 'polymerase' and hit Dynamic Search.
2. Interact with the intelligent database and hit search
3. See the results presented in Northern Light's Custom Search Folders.
Dynamic Search was developed to address the major problem typically
associated with poor search results in Web searching: the user entering too
little information. As was confirmed at the Search Engine Strategies
Meeting in Boston in April, the average user enters only 2+ words when doing
a Web search and usually looks at only the first 10 results returned.
Dynamic Search encourages the user to add words to a query by presenting
appropriate synonyms as well as relevant words or concepts for limiting the
search. In addition, Dynamic Search learns from the behavior of users by
continuously updating synonyms and encouraging searchers to use terminology
contributed by other users
Northern Light further enhances the user's search experience by organizing
search results into labeled folders, grouped by subject, type, source,
region and language. These Custom Search Folders guide the user to a set of
focused results and, when a specific folder is opened, a new sub-set of the
original search results is presented limited only to the topic of the
selected folder. With only a few mouse clicks, a user can drill down to
very targeted results.
By combining the two technologies, the new Dynamic Search assists the user
in building a better search initially and encourages more efficient access
to targeted results from a large search set. Over the last few months, the
initial scientific database of synonyms has grown from 50,000 to more than
235,000, all the result of user input during searching. Search4Science
expects that this evolutionary process will continue and that the quality of
the user experience will continue to improve as users suggest relevant
synonyms and limiting words.
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