Some thoughts on search advertising

by Djoerd Hiemstra

In many respects, advertisements drive the web. The biggest web companies today — yes, Google and Facebook — get most of their revenue from advertisements, but also many small web sites can exist because of advertising. So, as we work at Searsia to provide developers with open source tools to... [Read More]
Tags: advertisements

A search engine in your browser

by Djoerd Hiemstra

Information Retrieval has come a long way since Cyril Cleverdon conducted his famous Cranfield experiments on 1400 paper abstracts in the 1960’s. At the time, searching the massive 1.6 megabyte Cranfield collection was a big deal. Today, we routinely take pictures that are much bigger, and even a crappy smart... [Read More]
Tags: in-browser-search

A university's autocompletion ABC

Last week we launched our software for query autocompletions: Type in the first character of your query, and Searsia will recommend a query that best completes your prefix. The autocompletions are targeted to the users of the search engine, without the need to track those users. Searsia’s autocompletions are demonstrated... [Read More]
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Query suggestions without tracking users

by Djoerd Hiemstra

Today, we launch searsiasuggest, a simple but effective open source solution for query suggestions. It implements 3 kinds of query suggestions: 1) autocompletions, 2) spelling correction, and 3) related queries. The software works pretty much like many similar solutions: It inputs a list of queries with their popularity, it indexes... [Read More]
Tags: autocompletions

Query autocompletions considered harmful

by Djoerd Hiemstra

Search engines suggest completions of partially typed queries to help users speed up their searches, for instance by showing the suggested completions in a drop down box. These query autocompletions enable the user to search faster, searching for long queries with relatively few key strokes. Jakobsson (1986) showed that for... [Read More]
Tags: autocompletions