Friday, 6 June 2008

New Search Engine gathers info from Wikipedia

Mary Ellen Bates's Infotip today discusses Powerset, a search engine that pulls information from Wikipedia. Powerset’s goal is to change the way people interact with technology by enabling computers to understand our language- they are attempting to make searching much more intelligent by teaching the computers to understand the sense of what is being asked and the sense of what is on web pages, and then to match the most applicable pages. According to the Infotip, "PowerSet is best used for those searches that cover a number of topics or areas. It's not perfect, and it only searches Wikipedia, but I find it an exciting new approach in the efforts of search engines to make sense out of web content. " A search for "First Amendment rights" did an excellent job of pulling relevant information and ordering the results.

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