Design Patterns in Semantic Search

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Design Patterns in Semantic Search

  1. 1. Design Patterns in Semantic Search
  2. 2. General Presentation <ul><li>Sites Reviewed: </li></ul><ul><li>Powerset.com </li></ul><ul><li>Sindice.com </li></ul><ul><li>Cuil.com </li></ul><ul><li>Twine.com </li></ul><ul><li>Hakia.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Presentation
  4. 4. General Presentation
  5. 5. General Presentation <ul><li>Presentations range from minimalistic (search box only) to complex multi-layered experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges inherent in task scenario versus introduction to system capabilities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Input methods
  7. 7. Results Screens
  8. 8. Results Screens
  9. 9. Results Screens - Expanded
  10. 10. Results Screens - Expanded
  11. 11. Results Screens - Expanded
  12. 12. Results Screens <ul><li>Two models for results screens: general results and tagged “pages” – much discrepancy between both models. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tools and Controls
  14. 14. Categorical Result Sets
  15. 15. Categorical Result Sets <ul><li>Solving for categorical search results is likely most pressing challenge. Categorical results can be of great value or be terribly confusing. </li></ul><ul><li>Cuil.com provides a good model. </li></ul>
  16. 16. UX Issues and Concerns <ul><li>Too much complexity and dissonance in search results. </li></ul><ul><li>Information presented not directed at the needs of the user. </li></ul><ul><li>Confusing jargon and technical nomenclature </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits/value of semantic searching are not clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaces appear buggy </li></ul>
  17. 17. Best Practices <ul><li>Cuil.com, while not a true semantic search, provides a clean categorization model that is straightforward. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Best Practices <ul><li>Twine.com seamlessly integrates web content and user-generated content into one display of information. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other Models
  20. 20. Other Models

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