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Relevant Search: helping people find what they're looking for


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Relevant Search demystifies relevance work. Using Elasticsearch, it teaches you how to return engaging search results to your users, helping you understand and leverage the internals of Lucene-based search engines. So you can maximize your search engine's capabilities to meet both the needs of your customers and your business.

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Relevant Search: helping people find what they're looking for

  1. 1. Cultivating search engines With Relevant Search by Doug Turnbull and John Berryman Save 42% with code ssberrybull.
  2. 2. Getting a search engine to behave can be maddening.
  3. 3. A search engine is like a plant, it grows best with plenty of attention and the right inputs. Technical knowhow alone cannot make a perfect search engine. Regular feedback from users and other, non- technical stakeholders is essential to determine what is ‘relevant’ for your target user group.
  4. 4. A search engine should attempt to anticipate the actual desire of the user based on a handful of search terms - essentially, it’s supposed to read the user’s mind. However, getting the search engine to do this accurately is far easier said than done. User input. Search application engineering. Relevant search result.
  5. 5. Relevant Search shows you how to make your search engine strong! Gain the skills of a relevance engineer – and shape your search engine into a seemingly- smart system which understands the needs and wants of your business and users.
  6. 6. Hey, wait! What’s wrong with the search engine’s default settings? Why would I bother with this?
  7. 7. Well, it is true that most search technologies (Solr or Elasticsearch, for example) come with functional default settings, but… The default settings are only a baseline – they address neither your users’ needs nor those of your business directly.
  8. 8. It’s about satisfying the needs of both the users and the business. People don’t want to spend much time hunting the internet for things, and businesses want to sell their content expediently - so an accurate, intuitive search engine is essential. Success. Defining ‘relevant’ for your users. User satisfaction. Defining ‘relevant’ for your business. Meeting business needs.
  9. 9. Why learn to maximize your search engine with Relevant Search? • Help people access your content more easily and quickly with top-of-the-line search capabilities. • Learn how to balance users’ needs with your business’ needs, and analyze search patterns to improve your content and customer relations. • Give your business a major advantage over the competition with knowledge and experience from experts in the academic field of Information Retrieval.
  10. 10. Get your search engine running like a top! Save 42% off Relevant Search today with discount code ssberrybull. New from