Monday, October 6

Truvert: Green semantic search

Via Noisy Channel.

Truvert is a new semantic search engine built to demo Orcatec's semantic technology. They built a 'green search engine' using Yahoo! BOSS (see also my recent post on the BOSS-U workshop).

From their blog:
Truevert has solved the problem of semantic search by learning the meaning of words directly from the documents that it reads rather than by relying on a prebuilt taxonomy, ontology, dictionary, or thesaurus...
In conjunction with an excerpt from a more recent post:
Delivering focused search results depends on the ability to understand the meaning of words to a detailed level. This understanding will not come from syntactic analysis or from the construction of elaborate ontologies. It will come from using human-like processes on the documents themselves.
Interesting. I'd love to learn more about their semantic analysis technology.

Yahoo! BOSS-U Workshop

Recently, Yahoo! invited a group of academics from a handful of universities to talk about Yahoo! BOSS, including particpants from the CIIR here at UMass. Yahoo! has a writeup, BOSS Goes to College. I think that's my advisor, James Allan, standing towards the back in first picture. As Yahoo! writes:
The workshop consisted of a series of all-day sessions in which academics from MIT, Stanford, UIUC, UMass, and Purdue, and experts from the Yahoo! Search Team and Yahoo! Research brainstormed and discussed ways to incorporate BOSS-U into academic research and teaching programs.
Getting more academic involvement in what has been traditionally a very closed industrial environment is very encouraging. One of the goals is to provide academic researchers to web-scale data. To start the process, Yahoo! is being quite generous with access to their API for academic researchers. It will be interesting to see what research and ideas emerge from the collaboration.