Better Search Through Query Understanding
Presented as a Data Talk at Intuit on April 22, 2014
Search is a fundamental problem of our time — we use search engines daily to satisfy a variety of personal and professional information needs. But search engine development still feels stuck in an information retrieval paradigm that focuses on result ranking. In this talk, I’ll advocate an emphasis on query understanding. I’ll talk about how we implement query understanding at LinkedIn, and I’ll present examples from the broader web. Hopefully you’ll come out with a different perspective on search and share my appreciation for how we can improve search through query understanding.
About the Speaker
Daniel Tunkelang leads LinkedIn's efforts around query understanding. Before that, he led LinkedIn's product data science team. He previously led a local search quality team at Google and was a founding employee of Endeca (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He has written a textbook on faceted search, and is a recognized advocate of human-computer interaction and information retrieval (HCIR). He has a PhD in Computer Science from CMU, as well as BS and MS degrees from MIT.